Visiting Barryscourt Castle

Medieval Festival at Barryscourt Castle, ©Nico's Page/Flickr

Medieval Festival at Barryscourt Castle, ©Nico’s Page/Flickr

The castle of Barryscourt is a small tower house from the 15th century which used to be the home of a Norman family called De Barry for several centuries. Evidence proves that the castle has been inhabited for about a millennium.

The fortified house was built by Phillip De Barry in 1202 for the purpose of dwelling in a country inhabited by families which were in constant conflict with each other. The building is protected by thick walls and inside it has a small chapel together with all sorts of extensions such as the banqueting hall. Visit Barryscourt Castle, learn more about the De Barry family and admire the beautiful historical architectural structure.

The De Barrys

The De Barry family was a very wealthy family with great influence in the region. They came to the country in 1185 via Wales when the king of England gave them large pieces of land in East Cork and thus they received the title of Earls of Barrymore. Later on the de Barrys constructed a hunting lodge at Fota Island which they extended into a house and moved in, leaving Barryscourt behind in 1824.

Barryscourt Castle, ©DigitalCork/Flickr

Barryscourt Castle, ©DigitalCork/Flickr

By the end of the 20th century Barryscourt Castle fell into a sorry state but today it is in a much better condition thanks to Noel Jameson and the Barryscourt Trust. The castle went under a major restoration which has been funded by the government and today visitors can admire it in good condition. The name of the Barrys has been carried along by some relatives who live in Cork and who are the producers of one of the most popular teas in the country and also exported to several locations all over the globe: Barry’s Tea.

Medieval Festival at Barryscourt Castle, ©Nico's Page/Flickr

Medieval Festival at Barryscourt Castle, ©Nico’s Page/Flickr

What to see at Barryscourt Castle

Barryscourt Castle has been restored not only on the outside but in the interior as well. Its inside is furnished with beautiful 16th century style furniture. If you are willing to try a little bit of time travel we recommend you to visit Barryscourt and have a glimpse of the time when people had a simple life, using simple furnishings made of wood, take a look at their utensils and the beautiful stone walls.

Medieval Festival at Barryscourt Castle, ©Nico's Page/Flickr

Medieval Festival at Barryscourt Castle, ©Nico’s Page/Flickr

Although it was a much simpler life it was not an uncomfortable one. On a cold day the bed covered with a sheepskin spread must have been pretty inviting. Outside you can see a typical medieval garden decorated with a few fashionable features from previous times.

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