THIS eye-catching Medieval castle set in the quaint Irish countryside is up for sale.
Carrignacurra Castle, located on the banks of the picturesque River Lee in Inchigeelagh, Co. Cork is up for sale for €225,000 (£190,000).
The four storey property was built around 1575 to defend a ford across the River Lee about 1.5km downstream from Inchigeelagh village in an Irish-speaking area.
It was originally the seat of the O’Leary family, before it was captured by the O’Sullivan clan.
In 1641 it was given to the MacCarthys, before the castle was eventually taken over by the Masters family in the 1700s.
The castle was abandoned sometime in the 19th century and is in need of renovation.
In the last year, planning permission has been granted for restoration and alterations to the castle for use as a dwelling, including repairs to existing walls and roof, external rendering, a new two storey extension and vehicle access.
Stonework has been repaired around the gun loops, windows, and forebodingly-named ‘murder hole’ after vandals attempted to remove stones.
The property also features a machicoulis, a balcony with an opening in the floor through which the occupants could drop boiling liquids on unfortunate attackers.
The ground floor has the main entrance, a small guard room, and a main chamber which was probably used as a store room.
A spiral staircase leads to the upper floors, which include a guard room, a fireplace and a bartizan – a sort of overhanging wall turret.
The castle’s name, Carrignacurra, probably comes from Carraig na Choradh – meaning 'Rock of the weir' in Irish.
The name may have been inspired by an eel weir – a device designed to trap fish – which was used on the River Lee at Carrignacurra in the 1600s.