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This castle, now in ruins, was build, just outside the town of Rosscarbery, by Sir Walter Coppinger in 1618. It had a short and dramatic life, surviving only just over 20 years. Walter Coppinger was a tyrannical, ambitious man who planned to build an entire harbour town around the castle, which stands near the coast. He was a money-lender and gambler who surrendered his considerable estates to King James 1 in return for a title. His plan was ruined by the 1641 Rebellion. It is rumoured that one of these rebels was a younger son of Sir Walter, the eldest son having inherited the property.

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