De Lacy’s Citadel

Roger Stalley traces the fractured history of Carlingford Castle in Co Louth, accessible to the public again following a ‘bold and unashamedly contemporary’ intervention by Howley Hayes Architects

Almost two centuries have elapsed since one of the first editions of the Dublin Penny Journal implored its readers to visit Carlingford. Having extolled the beauties of the bay, the author singled out the imposing ruins of the castle, squeezed between the mountains and the sea, ‘moored’, as the author put it, ‘on a rifted rock’. This was an elegant way of describing the castle’s dramatic setting, perched on a cliff above the waters of Carlingford Lough looking beyond to the mountains of Mourne.

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