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The history of dundrum castle


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Dundrum castle history

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The history of dundrum castle

  2. 2. THE NORMANS  When the Normans arrived in 1169, a series of fortifications were built around Dublin. A castle was built in Dundrum as part of this series of outer fortifications around the 13th century.
  3. 3. 1590  Later in 1590, a newer castle was built by Richard Fitzwilliam as part of a strategic line of castles within the Pale. The original village clustered around Dundrum Castle and was considered a rural defensive outpost against assaults and raids from Irish tribes and families such as the O'Tooles and the O'Byrnes.
  4. 4. 1619  In 1619, a relation, William FitzWilliam 3rd Vscount FitzWilliam was granted the castle in recognition of his bravery and courage while defending against these assaults but was driven out in 1642.
  5. 5. 1646  He returned by 1646 but left again, never to return, in 1653. His family held onto the Fitzwilliam seat until 1790.
  6. 6. TODAY  The castle was never reoccupied and exists today as ruins overlooking the Dundrum Bypass and the new shopping centre.