The Dream – A Childhood Dream of a Lordly Castle – Now A Reality
Cloontykilla Castle will have an open weekend late summer and welcome supporters / friends welcomed by Sean Simon to our grand
Now the Fun Bit Towers Turrets Dungeons Baronial Hall 500 acres of wildlife Herds of Wild Deer abounds throughout the estate. The Pine Martin indigenous to Ireland was virtually extinct but has recovered in a few areas of Ireland namely Rockingham Estate surrounding the castle. The Pine Martin has virtually wiped out the local population of the invasive grey squirrel which in turn decimated the Irish Red Squirrel population who have recovered nicely.
Hawks, Woodcock, Pheasant, Rabbits, Foxes, the list goes on in this Special Area of Conservation.
On a Private Peninsula on the Banks of the River Shannon with its own Private Harbour with motor launch to view the stunning 32 islands in front of castle.
Extra Guests can rent luxury 8 Berth Cruisers locally and Moor in view of Castle and Party Therein. One mile of shoreline allows hidden private spots with tables and benches, Hewn from windfall trees where they fell in stormy battles. Castle boasts six luxury suites in the Style one would expect from this very special place. Magnificent wood panelled Reception with Minstrels Gallery, Baronial Hall with Blazing Fires to Watch the Sun go Down behind the islands in our Bay
Banqueting Room with Medieval trestle table seating 40 Lords And Ladies for Feasting.
Rooftop garden with Jacuzzi in the tower indescribable views over the Parapets.
Nothing was allowed to allude to modernity so electricity was taken underground along with Fibre Optic Cable to connect to the World, when one wants to, with full screens and facilities in dungeon.
Astronomy Telescope to view one of the clearest skies in the world built by our world renowned scientist astronomer and UFO authority Éamon Ansbro”.
The Journey from Ruin To Resplendent is nearly complete and the Castle is good for Centuries unlike so many lost to Ireland.
Rockingham Estate was granted to Sir john King in 1618. Sir John King was cromwellian, also receiver to the revenue, The estate at its time which contained 30,000 acres grew castles, stunning landscapes with plantations of oak trees and various species, it still retains many of these beautiful landscape features. One of his descendants castles was Cloontykilla. Cloontykilla Castle was designed by John Nash of Buckingham Palace domain in the Gothic Revival mode in 1839. This was an era of Famine and insurrection when many of Ireland’s most beautiful buildings were built. John Nash architecturally borrowed from across the centuries installing a gothic spiral stairwell, favouring the right-handed swordsman retreating upwards. It boasts 4 towers all of different heights, to allow shooters to fire over the others head.
In 1914, it was the secret Western Command headquarters of the Irish Republic Brotherhood which was the local force of rebellion. The grounds were littered with dug outs, a couple of which exist to this day. The Rockingham estate was sold to the Irish government in 1957 after the fire burned Rockingham manor house to the ground.Cloontykilla Castle fell in to a ruin state and by the time it was acquired in 1997 by Sean Simon it was in peril of collapse. With trees going through it, It was a beginning of a long journey to see it restored. Over the following years, with grants from the local council it was made safe again. Eventually receiving planning permission in 2007 to restore it and bring it back to life. The trials and tribulations of this are well documented and the castle is planned to be finished for January 2021.