Welcome to Ballynacarriga Castle in West Cork!
This is the view that a castle was built for! It was meant to be imposing and awe-inspiring – you’d think twice about approaching it! Not built for the tourist-friendly aerial view you see today.
This is Ballynacarriga castle in West Cork – built by the Hurley family in 1585 (one of Liz Hurleys ancestors ) and also lived in by the Cullinane family through marriage.
But – here’s my cultural question for today – you’ll find a “Sheela-na-Gig” carving a few yards up the wall – does anyone know the significance of the “Sile-na-gig”?
Ireland can be a real surprise sometimes – you leave the highway, or the coach tour – go along the backroads of Ireland, and you come across a pure gem like this castle in a lovely village. So easy to miss – and so glad that you found it!
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