Information about Doon Castle
Information from O'Donovan's Field Name Books
Irish Form of Name:
Caisleán a' Dúin
castle of the fort
Other Forms of the Name with authority source (if provided) in italics:
Caisleán a' Dúin
Doon Castle Inhabitants
Cushlaun a Dhoon (Irish) Inhabitants
The ruin of this old castle is about 35 feet long 24 broad and part of the walls 18 feet high, with 5 windows on the N. side,. It is placed on a high rugged rock almost encompassed by the sea at high water. It was inhabited it is said by a notorious tyrant by name O’Halloran who committed many persons by his own partial judgment and sentenced them to be cast indiscriminately into the sea from an high precipice at the S side of the Castle of the time of its dissolution and and there is no date.
Situated on the N. bank of Streamstown Bay and about the centre of the S. boundary of Doon.
Information from the Ordnance Survey Letters:
The Ordnance Survey Letters are letters between John O'Donovan and his supervisor, Thomas Larcom, regarding the work of compiling the Field Books. These letters provide further discussion on many of the places listed in the Field Books.
References to this place can be found in the following letter.
What is a townland?:
A townland is one of the smallest land divisions in Ireland. They range in size from a few acres to thousands of acres. Many are Gaelic in origin, but some came into existence after the Norman invasion of 1169
Doon Castle is in Doon townland.
Information From Maps
Original OS maps at the Ordnance Survey of Ireland website.
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Information from the National Monuments Service.
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