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By Andrew_Hurley
This royal castle was built in the mid-13th century by the Anglo Norman Hugh de Lacy to defend the southern approaches to the Earldom of Ulster. On a rocky height beside Carlingford Lough, it commanded the ferry link with Carlingford and defended sea and land communications, from Drogheda and Carlingford to Dundrum and Downpatrick.

The castle is a four-sided enclosure with D-shaped towers at the corners, much of it reduced to ground level, and a large rectangular keep or hall in the middle. The hall was originally entered by a first-floor door but the entrance was later changed to the ground floor and many other alterations were made.

The impressive ditch surrounding the curtain wall was hewn out of the rock to a depth of nearly 12 feet and the stone used to build the curtain wall. A section has been excavated on this, the east side, and left open to view.

All comments and votes very much appreciated.


Tags: Building Castle Field Sheep Architecture Coast Countryside Coastal Rural Black and white Greencastle Landscape and travel Mourne mountains Mourne Newry and mourne Duggans point

Voters: diamondgeaser, wasper, ringyneck and 10 more

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18 Apr 2010 4:15PM
absolutely adore both versions, really sharp and wonderful commentary as usual... JIM.
accipiter 11 61 England
18 Apr 2010 5:21PM
Both good but prefer the mono. Good write up. Thanks. A
18 Apr 2010 5:32PM
Love V1 !! Excellent work and a wonderful comp !!
DaveMead 11 23 14 United Kingdom
18 Apr 2010 7:22PM
Nice work. Smile
markey075 12 93 United Kingdom
19 Apr 2010 4:40PM
Really love the mono, I will have to take a walk round there some day.

9 May 2010 4:02PM
Nice capture Andrew, been there many times and find it very hard to photograph. Bombolini
Andrew_Hurley 15 71 73 United Kingdom
10 May 2010 1:11PM

Quote:Nice capture Andrew, been there many times and find it very hard to photograph. Bombolini

Thanks Brian, It was OK in colour but the mono consersion added a bit of much needed drama.


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