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Mount Long Castle, County Cork
20911241
South elevation
Reg. No.20911241
Date1630 - 1635
Previous NameN/A
TownlandMOUNTLONG
CountyCounty Cork
Coordinates167581, 51115
Categories of Special InterestARCHITECTURAL ARCHAEOLOGICAL HISTORICAL SOCIAL
RatingNational
Original Usecastle/fortified house
 
Description
Freestanding ruinous remains of three-bay three-storey with attic fortified house, built 1631, comprising central square-plan block with corner-sited square-plan towers, two of which (north-west, south-west) have collapsed. Roof missing with pitches evident to gable fronts. Exposed rubble limestone walls having sections of render, dressed limestone quoins and string courses. Square-headed window openings with limestone sills and chamfered surrounds, having carved limestone label mouldings and single, bipartite and multiple-pane windows with tooled limestone mullions and transoms. Defensive loop openings having dressed chamfered limestone surrounds.

Appraisal

A fine example of a seventeenth century fortified house, built at a time when more domestic houses were coming to replace the defensive tower house. Built by John Long, it is thought to have been burnt by its owners only twelve years after its construction, in 1643. Located in a rural setting on the bank of Oyster Haven Bay, this is a very striking feature in the landscape.
 
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