The first structure built by the Fitzgeralds in the late 1100s was a Norman Keep; a tower like stone structure with thick walls, narrow slit windows and a lead roof. At that time the Keep would have been the core of any defence in battle and would have been virtually impregnable.By the 15th century, the ruins of the Keep were no longer habitable. A tower, the centre part of the present Castle, was then constructed on the site of the old Keep. Initially it was relatively modest in size but, over the years was enlarged. Firstly in 1849 by John Fitzgerald and subsequently in 1875 and 1895 when the East and West wings were added.
It is now a hotel http://www.waterfordcastle.com/index.html
Taken as the sun was setting behind the castle. From my archives. Processed this morning.
Phill and I are taking a break from tomorrow. Will comment today but will not be posting or commenting again until Sunday week. Thank you for all the views and comments this week.
Saturday 18 May 2013