17th-century plantation castle found hiding in plain sight

Started by gash, August 24, 2016, 08:45:45 pm

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How do you not notice a 17th-century castle hiding in plain sight in the middle of your town? That's a question the people of Clones, Co Monaghan, are asking themselves following the discovery of a four-storey plantation castle behind a terrace on the main street.

A 1741 drawing of Clones, held in the National Library, shows many ruins and archaeological features, including an impressive castle. However it was thought that all that was left of the building was subsurface remains.

That was until local volunteer historian George Knight and Monaghan county heritage officer Shirley Clerkin took a wander down behind the now obviously named Castle Street.

Read more  :  http://www.irishtimes.com/culture/heritage/17th-century-plantation-castle-found-hiding-in-plain-sight-1.2762110
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