Tyrrellspass Castle dates back to 1411. This is the only remaining castle of the Tyrrells, cousins of William the Conqueror, who came to Ireland in 1169. It was home of the Tyrrells of Fartullagh. Richard Tyrrell, associated with the battle of Tyrrellspass 1597 is the most famous of the extended Tyrrell family.
It was built circa 1411 and was extensively restored in the 1970’s
The castle is approx 20 metres high and follows the general pattern of tower houses, stone built, essentially defensive and comprising a series of superimposed chambers.
The original spiral staircase and one of the original roof beams dating from 1280 can still be seen today. Alongside the entrance door is a murder hole through which intruders could be attacked.
During the Cromwellian invasion of 1650, it is said the castle occupants suffered a great deal and many were executed…