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The above ruined tower house/Irish Castle is a fascinating study in as much as it allows us to wander through a tower house from the comfort of our computer chairs!  The castle in question is in the village of Cullahill on the main Dublin to Cork road.  A 100 yard diversion is all that is required to visit this impressive site. This one looks like it was enlarged at some time because the outline of two different roofs can still be seen.  It is possible that the chimney was added when the castle was upgraded.  Where the lower roof line reaches the wall on our right  probably represents the height of the original castle.  From the comfort of my own chair it appears that the roof was raised during that enlargement and the chimney was also added at that time.  So too was the portion of the building to the left of the chimney as we look at it. The walkways through that new portion now incorporated  access to each floor of the tower and would have replaced the original stairs.  This gave more room in the living quarters of the tower as the old stairs may well have been removed.

A few feet under the chimney, one can also see the holes in the wall that took the beams which carried floors and ceilings. below these holes can be seen the protruding shaped stones called corbels.  These also supported the floors and may have supported the original roof in this case.

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The picture below shows the fireplace built into the chimney breast and with a bit of imagination one can imagine the nobleman and his family and guests gathered here with the fire blazing on winter evenings...  perhaps with a huge wooden table in the centre of the room groaning under the weight of  roasted sides of beef and lots game from the countryside.

 

 
 

Cullahill

 
   
 

Cullahill Tower House / Castle showing the fireplace, chimney and walkways through the old ruin.

 

 

 
 
 
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