It’s hardly one of Ireland’s most striking historic buildings, but Kindlestown Castle here in Greystones has its own beauty.
And its own story. Albeit a fuzzy, uncertain one.
But, hey, aren’t all our best stories fuzzy, uncertain ones? Proves you were too busy having a good time to take anything remotely approaching proper notes.
Some claim Kindlestown Castle was built sometimes around 1225 – about fifty years before Rathdown Castle was built [we’ll get to that one next] – whilst others argue that it may well hail from the 9th century. What we do know is, the place has connections back to 1020, being the seat of both Ugaire Mac Ailella Ó’Muiredeaig, son of Douling, King of Leinster, and Sitric Cáech, son of Gofraid, Norse King of Dublin. So, you know, major celebrities.
What we also know is that the wild O’Byrnes captured Kindlestown Castle in 1377. Then they lost it. And then they tried, unsuccessfully, to steal it back again in 1402. The big eejits.
In September, the loveable Oliver Cromwell arrived, and his soldiers stayed in nearby Killincarrig Castle [you can checkthat onehere]. When the locals merrily stole Cromwell’s horse, he took his anger out on Kindlestown Castle, ransacking the place. The mad bastard.
Excavation helped determine that the south and west walls of the castle represented a replacement wall built in the 19th century.
We’ll go digging for more on the place – and do let us know if you have Kindlestown Castle tales to tell – but, in the meantime, drape yourself across the nearest chaise longue, and bask in all that decaying beauty.
Just watch out for those wild O’Byrnes. They’re a persistent lot, those Byrners…