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  • 1. Parke’s Castle Fivemile Bourne, County Leitrim, Ireland Parke’s Castle is an example of a Manor House of the 17 th century Plantation period located on Sligo-Dromahair Road beside Lough Gill, County Leitrim, Ireland.
  • 2. Parke’s Castle – County Leitrim, Ireland Historical Background
    • Parke’s Castle was constructed in two stages by two different men from
    • very distinct cultures: Irish and English.
    • The Manor House was erected in the 1620’s by Englishman Robert
    • Parke.
    • King James I granted the confiscated O’Rourke estate to Parke
    • after Brian na Murth O’Rourke’s hanging at Tyburn in 1591 for
    • sheltering the shipwrecked Spanish Naval Officer Francisco de Cuellar
    • following the 1588 wreck of the Spanish Armada off the West Coast of
    • Ireland.
    • Of lineage of the O’Rourke clan, Brian O’Rourke was descended from the rulers of
    • Breifne in the 12 th century. He refused to bow to Queen Elizabeth I of England, was
    • tried for high treason in London and subsequently hanged.
    • O’Rourke’s castle, of which only the foundations remain, was built in
    • the 15 th century by the O’Rourke family.
  • 3. Parke’s Castle County Leitrim, Ireland (c. Carson May 2007)
  • 4. Parke’s Castle – courtyard: foundation of O’Rourke’s Castle (foreground) with bawn and Dovecote (background) County Leitrim, Ireland (c. Carson May 2007)
  • 5. Parke’s Castle – foundation of O’Rourke’s castle (15 th century) in courtyard County Leitrim, Ireland (c. Carson May 2007)
  • 6. Parke’s Castle – foundation of O’Rourke’s castle (15 th century) County Leitrim, Ireland (c. Carson May 2007)
  • 7. Parke’s Castle – Round Tower County Leitrim, Ireland (c. Carson May 2007)
    • THE ROUND TOWER WAS
    • ONE OF THE
    • CASTLE’S ORIGINAL
    • FORTIFICATIONS;
    • NOTE THE MUSKET LOOPS
    • OUT OF WHICH ARMED
    • SOLDIERS
    • WOULD SHOOT AT
    • APPROACHING
    • ENEMIES USING THEIR
    • MUSKETS;
    • THE TOWER WAS ALSO
    • USED TO
    • QUARTER SOLDIERS ON
    • GARRISON
    • DUTY.
  • 8. Parke’s Castle – Interior/Round Tower County Leitrim, Ireland (c. Carson May 2007)
  • 9. Parke’s Castle – View of Round Tower along bawn (castle wall) from the Dovecote (c. Carson May 2007)
  • 10. Parke’s Castle – Courtyard with Manor House, Carriage House, and Kitchen in background. County Leitrim, Ireland (c. Carson May 2007)
  • 11. Parke’s Castle – Interior/Carriage House County Leitrim, Ireland (c. Carson May 2007)
  • 12. Parke’s Castle – Interior/Manor House: left-handed spiral staircase (down) County Leitrim, Ireland (c. Carson May 2007)
  • 13. Parke’s Castle – Interior/Manor House: left-handed spiral staircase (up) County Leitrim, Ireland (c. Carson May 2007)
  • 14. Parke’s Castle – Manor House: built in 1620s by Robert Parke County Leitrim, Ireland (c. Carson May 2007)
  • 15. Parke’s Castle – Gate House/Entrance County Leitrim, Ireland (c. Carson May 2007)
  • 16. Parke’s Castle – Gate House/Entrance (L) and Manor House (R) County Leitrim, Ireland (c. Carson May 2007)
  • 17. Parke’s Castle – courtyard and castle structures County Leitrim, Ireland (c. Carson May 2007)
  • 18. Parke’s Castle – courtyard and blacksmith house and forge with Lough Gill in background, County Leitrim, Ireland (c. Carson May 2007)
  • 19. Parke’s Castle – blacksmith’s house and forge with Lough Gill and Isle of Innesfree (from W.B. Yeat’s poem, Lake Isle of Innesfree) in the background, County Leitrim, Ireland (c. Carson May 2007)
  • 20. Parke’s Castle – thatched roof of blacksmith’s house and forge, County Leitrim, Ireland (c. Carson May 2007)
  • 21. Parke’s Castle – blacksmith’s forge, County Leitrim, Ireland (c. Carson May 2007)
  • 22. Parke’s Castle – interior view of thatched roof (blacksmith’s house and forge), County Leitrim, Ireland (c. Carson May 2007)
  • 23. Parke’s Castle – interior view of thatched roof (blacksmith’s house and forge), County Leitrim, Ireland (c. Carson May 2007)
  • 24. Parke’s Castle – Dovecote Tower, or Pidgeon House County Leitrim, Ireland (c. Carson May 2007)
  • 25. Parke’s Castle – communications technology in the 17 th century; nestles in the interior wall of the Dovecote housed homing pidgeons, County Leitrim, Ireland (c. Carson May 2007)
  • 26. Parke’s Castle – note that important assets, such as the covered well (source of water) and the blacksmith facility, were strategically located within the castle walls, County Leitrim, Ireland (c. Carson May 2007)
  • 27. Parke’s Castle – sally port entrance in courtyard leading to Lough Gill, County Leitrim, Ireland (c. Carson May 2007)
  • 28. Parke’s Castle – Scottish-type turret along the pentagonal bawn (castle wall) facing Lough Gill, County Leitrim, Ireland (c. Carson May 2007)
  • 29. Parke’s Castle - bawn running to turret on Lough Gill from the Carriage House, County Leitrim, Ireland (c. Carson May 2007)
  • 30. Parke’s Castle – bawn running to Carriage House from turret on Lough Gill, County Leitrim, Ireland (c. Carson May 2007)
  • 31. Parke’s Castle – musket loop in bawn on Lough Gill, County Leitrim, Ireland (c. Carson May 2007)
  • 32. Parke’s Castle – rock-cut fosse, or moat, outside bawn (castle wall), County Leitrim, Ireland (c. Carson May 2007)
  • 33. Parke’s Castle Gate, County Leitrim, Ireland (c. Carson May 2007)