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Derryhivenny Castle  ~  Portumna
 
 
This fortress was built in 1643 and situated at Ballycrossaum, north of Portumna. It has stood a number of battles in the area.

To date, tourists can explore what remained of this once majestic castle. The mullioned windows, the spyhole, a fireplace, the hinge stone or the hanging eye and the chimneypots can still be viewed – though they aren’t appear as they used to be.

Derryhivenny Castle located near Portumna in County Galweay
   
This fortress was built in 1643 and situated at Ballycrossaum, north of Portumna. It has stood a number of battles in the area. To date, tourists can explore what remained of this once majestic castle. The mullioned windows, the spyhole, a fireplace, the hinge stone or the hanging eye and the chimneypots can still be viewed – though they aren’t appear as they used to be.

The building of true castles came more or less to an end in Ireland with the outbreak of war in 1641 - one of the very last being the tower house and bawn at Derryhivenny. Its date is known from an inscription on one of its bartizan corbels which reads "D:O'M ME:FIERI:FECIT 1643" and states that Donal O'Madden built the castle in 1643.

A late date is supported by the absence of vaults on all four storeys of the tower and by its picturesque diagonally disposed Jacobean chimney-stacks. The upper rooms have two- and three-mullioned windows with good fireplaces, including one fine example with a plain chamfered lintel, curved downwards at each end and covered by a chamfered cornice. Along one side of the enclosure opposite the tower there are fragments of a one-storey gabled building, possibly a stable block.
 
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