Reflections of the Past

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A view of White’s Castle in Athy, County Kildare originally built in 1419 by then-Viceroy of Ireland Sir John Talbot in order to protect passage across the adjacent bridge over the river Barrow. The castle then passed into the hands of the FitzGeralds, Earls of Kildare (and subsequently Dukes of Leinster) before being sold in the last century to its long-time tenants. Sold again at the height of the economic boom for some €1.3 million, three years ago it was included in an auction of distressed properties and fetched a more modest €195,000. Reports at the time indicated that the castle would be restored as a family residence but it remains in poor condition and needing remedial attention, a sad state for the most important building in this town.

2 comments on “Reflections of the Past

  1. James Canning says:

    This castle caught my eye too. What an opportunity for the right person!

  2. Thanks for highlighting this in our local town of Athy – many more building in with a similar plight – but as you say this is the most important.

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