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Dun na Sead Castle

Dun na Sead Castle in Baltimore, West Cork – home of the O’Driscolls! Yesterday I asked “what was the connection between this castle and the US TV series “The Wire”. Answer: They were both shot in Baltimore! Just different Baltimores (although both come from the Irish “Baile an Ti Mor” – town of the big […]

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Castledonovan of the O’Donovans

Here we have the imposing ruins of Castledonovan in West Cork – once home of the mighty O’Donovans! Anyone have the surnames Donovan, Collins, O’Connell, McEniry, Kenneally, Flannery, Tracey, Clerkin or Ring? Would you like to add your Surname to our list? Just  – and we’ll let you know how to join in the fun. […]

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Ballynacarriga Castle – Home of the O’Hurleys

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 […]

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