A Towering Presence



Today it’s difficult to believe that the little County Louth village of Termonfeckin was once the palatial seat of successive Archbishops of Armagh, who in the later Middle Ages preferred to live here rather than in the primatial city further north (think of this as being the Irish equivalent of the Papacy taking up residence in Avignon during the same period). Nothing now survives of that building – what remained was demolished in 1830 – but a second late-medieval castle still stands, a tower house probably built in the 15th century and then repaired in 1641 by the Brabazon family who were then a dominant presence in this part of the country. The castle is three storeys tall and has a projecting tower; a second one has long since gone. The interior boasts a vaulted ceiling on the first floor but alas, on the occasion of a recent visit, the building’s key holder could not be located. Perhaps another time…


2 comments on “A Towering Presence

  1. Vincent Delany says:

    Is this the same Brabazon family who now live in Kilruddery, Co. Wicklow?

  2. Deborah T. Sena says:

    Always loved the name of this town! But kind of disappointing when you find out, appropriately according to Wiki) that it means meaning ‘Féchín’s church land’.

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