Pictured here is Killeen Castle in the small town of Dunsany, County Meath.
Although much of the castle as it is today is a 19th century recontruction, this site has been occupied by a castle as far back as 1180. It is believed the original castle may have been a wooden Norman fortification built by the De Lacy family, who also know fame in the area for constructing the nearby and gigantic Trim castle.
The first stone castle was built by Geoffrey De Cusack in 1181, and this date is carved into the doorway.
Through the years, the castle has seen many occupants. From the Cusack family, through the Plunkett family and the Barons of Killeen.
In the late 17th century, the castle fell into major disrepair. It remained this way until 1779 when parts of the castles demesne were laid out and some newer features added to the castle.
From 1803 to 1813, major reworking of the castle was carried out by Francis Johnston, and this involved demolition of much of the original castle, and the materials used to build the castle we see today. The castle was redesigned to be a mini Windsor castle, and was said to have had 365 windows.
After being burnt out in 1981 and lying in ruin, it was announced in 2006 that the castle would become a luxury 179 room luxury hotel and spa, and would include a championship gold course in its grounds. Due to the downturn in global tourism, in 2009 the main investor pulled out, and the hotel never seen its rennovations. Despite the well kept appearance of the exterior of the building, the inside requires complete fitting out.
The golf course was built, and designed by Jack Niclaus (to whom there is a statue on the first tee). The Solheim cup was held here in 2011.
Within the castles grounds are nine lakes, some beautiful forest walks, a ruined medieval church, a holy well and of course the castle itself. While the owners welcome visitors here in Killeen, the nearby twin castle of Dunsany is off limits to visitors as it is a private residence.
Thanks for looking.
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lousat (82720) 2013-04-01 8:41
Hi Noel,perfect and classic point of view to show us this magnificent castle in a very original light,i like this serious and geometric architechture,very interesting and taken whit the best details and colors.Have a nice evening and thanks,Luciano
cargus (9602) 2013-04-01 8:48
L'image est bien fait en termes de contraste et la luminosité, le château est bien cadrée, aussi, la saturation des couleurs est bien rendue.
carlo62 (38805) 2013-04-01 9:24
un'altra bella condivisione, accompagnata da una nota completa.
Ottima inquadratura, luce e colori splendidi.
serp2000 (42114) 2013-04-01 9:34
Good evening, Noel,
I like to see the castles. Excellent one! I can image the ghost and numerous legend... What the guests can say about? ))) Very interesting history of this Castle.
Good capture of sunny day!
pajaran (55113) 2013-04-01 10:14
Vrlo interesantan i dobar tekst o starom dvorcu sa datim podacima, i istorijom ...
Lep pogled na dvorac ...
Dobar snimak, kontrast, lepe boje.
Prijatno vece i sve najbolje u novoj nedelji koja je pocela.
Very good and interesting article about the old castle with the given data, and history ...
A nice view of the castle ...
Good shot, contrast, beautiful color.
Good evening and all the best in the new week that started.
ourania (36486) 2013-04-01 10:51
your notes are very interesting again. The story of this castle and its transformations through the centuries are really fascinating. I like very much its present style and stature so well portrayed in your composition. Clarity is excellent and allows a very pleasant observation of details and textures. You've used the side light in a superb way capturing a wonderful play of grey tones all over the facade and framing the castle with some lovely bright colours. I hope that the interior will be taken care of too and that soon the castle will be able to host -after the warriors and nobility of the past- some happy golfers:) Congratulations and thank you!
All the best, have a lovely month,
Kugart (1778) 2013-04-01 11:17
Hi Noel, another great photograph of Irelands heritage.Such a shame that so many of these historical buildings have fallen into disrepair. Great to see this one has been restored to its former glory.
All the best.
rogerl (1544) 2013-04-01 12:04
Noel, lovely capture, great POV. The contrast in the two stone types is striking. I just love the sheen, almost, that the light from the left imparts to the stone faces - I've noticed this in quite a few of your castle photos. Really nicely done.
Sonata11 (33697) 2013-04-01 18:27
what a gorgeous composition and its execution of castle architecture. Splendid colors, perfect sharpness, clarity and light. Perfectly well done. Tfs. Thank you so much.
All the best,
jcpix (13816) 2013-04-01 20:27
Quite a stately view from this vantage point, it does almost appear to be more of a hotel...and it would undoubtedly be if the economy wasn't so bad. Such a shame that the interior has essentially gone to waste. Being that it's currently unoccupied, I can't help but think this would also be a candidate for that sign of "If you lived here, you'd be home by now." :) The strong vertical towers and lines created from them are what stand out the most to me, kind of like the pipes from an organ...my mind works in odd ways some times!? Very nice composition, this really takes on a new demeanor from this angle. Thanks for the view. Have a great day.
All the best,
jhm (144328) 2013-04-02 3:52
Thank you very much for your interesting notes.
Ireland, a country with a lot lovely castles and a very great history.
Here get we a wonderful example with the typical grey color of façade stones.
Perfect layout and perfect light management.
Excellent picture, nice colours and sharpness.
Very well done, TFS.
snunney (90030) 2013-04-02 4:09
A well composed image, using the path coming in from the bottom right as a lead-line toward the massive gatehouse. I like the light and shadow play and the contrast between the grey tones of the architecture and the brilliant blue sky.
Romano46 (18472) 2013-04-02 4:10
l'Irlanda è ricca di castelli e tu non prdi occasione per proporne qualcuno.
Anche questo di oggi appare imponente nella sua architettura molto spinta verso l'alto nella sua struttura fatta di pietre grige, cupe contro l'azzurro del cielo.
Una buona composizione, nitidezza e buoni colori completano l'opera alla quale sono da aggiungere le sempre tue ottime note.
Ciao e buona giornata
krzychu30 (15510) 2013-04-03 1:47
it´s good you´ve decided to present us this beautiful Castle from this frontal perspective.Simple,but also the best way to make us aware how beautiful and impressive architecture it is.And again the weather was in your favour-the contrast between grey walls of the Castle and clear blue sky looks marvelous.
Have a nice day
chrisvek (7001) 2013-04-03 5:24
Very wonderful shot with great composition and amazing colors.Great atmosphere and POV.Well done!
Have a nice day
delpeoples (55094) 2013-04-03 18:18
With all these blue skies, you're going to make us think that it never rains in the Emerald Isle! And you bring us a classy photo of an absolute class act as far as architecture and history go. Wow, what a place, I'm glad it's been saved and maintained, not so glad to hear that it's only bl**dy golfers who get to truly enjoy it. But we can enjoy it vicariously through you at least. And just reading that the De Lacy's built it...seeing as my name De Luca is only 2 letters off, maybe I can claim land rights via spelling mistake??
Anyway, to your photo. Yet another clean crisp image. The lines are sharp as a razor and the details have been captured so skillfully. Including the part of the garden like that also gives us an idea of scale. Some would have been tempted to clone out the tree branches at the top of the frame. I wouldn't have and agree with your decision, as it adds to the atmosphere. Good one, thanks for sharing!
PS: Thanks for your nice comments on my Famine Wall photo. I thought of you as we were there taking it. We went to the unveiling years ago, but I never took a camera, so had always promised myself to go back and shoot it. I hope you don't mind me snavelling some of your Famine shots for my theme Things That Mean Something :)
EstelleJ (921) 2013-04-04 11:41
Another classically and architecturally beautiful castle! Such a pleasure to see these perfect fairy-tale castles being taken great care of, in mint condition after so many centuries, the grounds look well kept, too, nicely landscaped. I love those castellated turrets - functional as look-out places and very decorative, as well.
Have a good evening.
JFS (32459) 2013-04-04 12:19
My hat off, your pic is superb my friend! The proportions are perfect! Excellent work!
macjake (61566) 2013-04-04 22:59
another very interesting story of this and many other castles.
yes, rebuilt and looking very pristine - but who cares! Just look at this guy! stunning piece of architecture isn't.
I'm just dying to walk up to the front door and knock :)
know you have my wondering how it looks on the inside.
cool subject once again, in excellent light.
omid266 (6700) 2013-04-06 23:00
Hi Noel ,
A very nice picture you captured and shared us !
Thank you /
With Best wishes and Prayers for you ,
adores (41086) 2013-04-09 16:06
Another beautiful castle. It seems very well preserved outside. I like the pov and the colours. I'm sure it could be a very good hotel, but the situaton is difficult nowadays. But at least it's not in ruins.
Miguel82 (26543) 2013-07-09 9:57
You present a beautiful castle Noel,
Excellent colors, pov and light