Pictured here is Roscommon castle, a huge and very dramatic castle just outside Roscommon Town which is situated to the west of the River Shannon.
It traces its history back to 1269 when it was built by Robert de Ufford, Justiciciar of Ireland. The lands it was built on were originally owned by an Augustinian priory which de Ufford seized.
When in its complete state, the castle was vast and quadrangular in shape. At each corner stood a huge D shaped tower, each three stories high as well as twin towers at its entrance. The entire site was enclosed by a really strong curtain wall.
Its history was a violent one and one of changing hands numerous times. Three years after its construction, it was taken by the Connacht King Aodh O'Connor and a mere eight years after that it was back once again in the hands of the English who fully restored it.
68 years later, in 1340 the O Connors once again took control of the vast building and this time they managed to retain ownership and control for more than 200 years.
In 1569 it became the property of the English Sir Henry Sidney and there it stayed until 1641 when parliamentarians took it. They held it until 1645 when Confederate Catholics seized it back.
In 1652 Cromwell's troops took control of the castle who removed the buildings vast fortifications so it could not be used in war against them. It finally burned to the ground in 1690 and fell into total decay.
Today, it can be explored from the beautiful Loughnaneane Park and playground. It is open to explore with access gained from the park itself. It is a beautiful addition to Roscommon town.
The name Roscommon derives its name from Coman mac Faelchon who had founded a monastery here in the 5th century. The wooded area near this monastery became known as St Comans Wood (Ros Comáin in Irish) and this was eventually Anglicized to Roscommon.
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Mesut09 (378) 2014-07-20 11:01
Roscommon castle is great.. the sheeps adorn the frame :)) Thanks for the picture my friend
pajaran (52648) 2014-07-20 11:30
Interesantan tekst o starom zamku sa istorijom i opisom ...
Lep pogled na zeleno polje sa ovcama i rusevinu ...
Dobar trenutak snimka, kontrast i perspektiva, lepo pokazano mesto i arhitektura.
Dobar rad i kompozicija, lepo uhavacen trenutak, lepe boje.
Lepo mesto sa zelenom travom i ovcama.
Prijatno vece i mirna noc, sve najbolje.
An interesting article about the old castle with a history and description of ...
A nice view of the green fields with sheep and ruin ...
Good time recording, contrast and perspective, nice place and the architecture shown.
Good work and composition, nice uhavacen moment, beautiful colors.
Nice place with green grass and sheep.
Good evening and peaceful night, all the best.
photographer_sg (4402) 2014-07-20 13:22
Spectacular view of the castle displayed in all its moody grandeur. The framing with the included foreground provides perfect depth and colour while the clouds add a whole lot of drama and atmosphere.
A perfect complement to your excellent note.
Thanks for sharing and have a great new week ahead.
carlo62 (33861) 2014-07-20 15:23
mi piace questa composizione, le pecore la rendono più simpatica e accattivante.
La foto è ben suddivisa in due parti, quella superiore molto scura, anche il cielo partecipa a creare un'atmosfera cupa e tetra, molto differente dalla parte inferiore, con prato e pecore.
E' curioso come due di esse stiano mangiando piegandosi sulle ginocchia davanti.
Buon inizio settimana
photoray (12523) 2014-07-20 17:07
The grazing peaceful sheep belie the historical conflict noted in your narrative, with power struggles over the medieval centuries.
And your image is interesting, with the Roscommon Castle ruins in silhouette dominating the scene.
Thanks for sharing,
PS: I majored and have a degree in History, and wish we had a Ireland History class. I took two medieval English classes and they only briefly covered the involvement in Ireland, focusing too much on the royalty, which I found boring.
omid266 (5336) 2014-07-20 21:51
Thanks for sharing these beautiful and very valuable documents from Ireland that identify and know us more and more about the History of your great country,
This shot has excellent POV and brightness ,
well done and Thanks again!
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wolf38 (31282) 2014-07-20 22:46
Hi Noel. An interesting photo with strong contrasts and a fascinating light situation. The silhouette of the castle, the sheep - everything fits together well here.
berek (39647) 2014-07-20 23:24
I love this kind of dark photographs. green field in the foreground and in the background the shadow of the castle. a very successful picture.
Have a nice week.
timecapturer (49286) 2014-07-21 3:01
I applaud your light management here, it is so successful at making this castle look all the more imposing and dramatic. The light adds to the mystery and intrigue, plus with no loss of fg detailing, it also adds to the scale and impact of the image. Love it!
Have a good week - B.
snunney (84983) 2014-07-21 4:54
The castle ruins seen in silhouette against those dramatic clouds takes on a spooky appearance, which is somewhat offset by the sheep grazing peacefully in the foreground. Altogether, I find the scene rather incongruous but no less enjoyable. Excellent light management and very good clarity. Thanks also for the very interesting note.
ourania (32169) 2014-07-21 11:49
another fascinating castle with long, turbulent history. It's amazing that it stands as a ruin for centuries already. I like very much your composition and the contrast between the peaceful, pastoral scene in the foreground and the dramatic view of the castle and the sky in the distance. I think that the dark "veil" that covers the entire scenery is a bit too homogeneous but it surely creates a veil of mystery too and makes the castle look unapproachable, like a vision. It seems like a dramatic fate awaits the tranquil sheep too:) Congratulations and thank you!
All the best, have a great evening,
jemaflor (85548) 2014-07-22 9:01
Interesting photo even the view is a bit dark but good effect with window and cloudy sky, nice silhouettes result.
abmdsudi (43754) 2014-07-25 15:32
Wonderfully atmospheric shot, the flocks & green patches adding interest to this rather surreal edifice and whole capture. Just that tiny detail of the dramatic sky changes this from a kind of a mysterious dreamscape to a great one! A finely taken shot in extremely difficult circumstances and tricky light indeed, but you've pulled off a really nice shot. Congrats.
macjake (57074) 2014-07-30 21:39
see? I walk into model shoots on the street, you walk into sheep and livestock...its a perfect fit for me!
I hate to bring it up again, but while i was in Chicago last week I bumped into not one, but 2 model photo shoots on the streets!
yup...no word of a lie! and one was a sexy young blonde. I must have lucky leprechauns up my ass lol
now lets move onto your shot here, even though i'm still thinking about that blonde.
but you DO have the luck of bumping into these castles, we don't have that here in Canada.
this is awesome how you shot it as a silhouette, with the brooding skyline above. The sheep have no idea how lucky they are to have a wonderful view here each day.
Miguel82 (24319) 2014-08-20 8:33
Sheeps are grzaing in the pastures nearby that castle in ruins, it's maybe haunted by ghosts Noel, superb sky creating a eerie effect greetings