Fancy a castle? Clonony Castle in Co Offaly is available

Always wanted to own your own castle? Well if so, this property could be for you.

he historic Clonony Castle in Co Offaly is now on the market for an undisclosed sum on

Advertised as a “detached” three bedroom, two bathroom property, the listing states that Clonony Castle, near Shannon Bridge, has been a “prominent landmark since the late 1490s when it was built by the MacCoughlan clan”.

The castle, some 15 meters high, is surrounded by a peasant wall with a formal entrance and a series of smaller towers, with the remains of an old church on one corner.

The castle is three stories high and approximately three acres of land are also included in the sale.

According to the description, the castle has all the features of a tower house of the period, such as a “murder hole, a pedestal tower, wall passages, a spiral staircase, gun loops, round, pointed and flat windows, and cloakrooms”.

As you would expect, the property is BER exempt, so it can be chilly on cold winter nights.

The description goes on to describe the castle as “the finest of the many castles built by the MacCoughlan clan”.

“Standing proud and majestic on a limestone outcrop offering panoramic views over the surrounding countryside,” it said.

“This medieval Irish castle is steeped in history and folklore, having been confiscated by Henry VIII in the early 15th century and then, in a strategic move, handed over to Thomas Boleyn while making him Earl of Ormond and thereby granting him the Title of Countess bestowed on daughter Anne, elevating her to a titled position suitable for Henry VIII, who would then marry her.

“However, when Anne of Boleyn fell dramatically from grace, part of her family fled to Ireland and the relative safety of Clonony Castle, where her nieces Mary and Elizabeth remained for the rest of their lives and where they are said to be buried .

Her tombstone is under a hawthorn tree in the courtyard. The tomb was discovered in 1803 about 100 meters from the castle.

“The inscription on the eight foot by four foot limestone flag reads: ‘Here under Leys Elizabeth and Mary Bullyn, daughters of Thomas Bullyn son of George Bullyn son of George Bullyn, Viscount Rochford son of Sir Thomas Bullyn Erle of Ormond and Willsheere.’ At a later point in time in the 18th century they were moved to the priory in Gallen. Fancy a castle? Clonony Castle in Co Offaly is available

Fry Electronics Team

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