Dromore Castle: How it came to be built
Published Date: 23 December 2008
DROMORE Castle is doomed.
The demolition squad have moved in, and in a short time another ruined castle will be added to the many thousands that cover our countryside. But there is this difference, the other castles were destroyed as a result of bloody conflict, this castle is being destroyed as a result of a departmental resolution.
One of the principal reasons advanced for the destruction of Dromore is that it lacks a historical heritage. Thank God, human beings are not castles! And it lacks historical heritage they say because of its recent origin. There is a smug snobbery behind the words "recent origin." Is nothing to be considered historical in this country unless it bears the savage imprint of Cromwell?
In order to enable readers of the "Leader" to judge for themselves, here is an account of the building of the Castle and the people who built it. For of all the castles around, Limerick City people should be most interested in Dromore, because it was built solely out of the rents paid by their ancestors.
Up to the middle of the last century, the residence of the Earls of Limerick was in Henry Street, Limerick, now occupied by St. Munchin's College. They owned considerable property in the country along the line of the Shannon, and were about to erect an extensive shooting lodge near Dromore, Pallaskenry, when the second Earl died in 1866 and was succeeded by his grandson, William Hale John Charles Perry, Viscount Glenworth
Paul, I have a suspicion that this Limerick Leader article was originally written in the 1950â€™s, the clue been St. Munchin's College, it moved from Henry Street to Corbally in 1960
It would also tie in with the removal of the roofs in 1956 thus the second title â€œDromore Castle is doomedâ€.
They reprint old articles from time to time. I must have look around there next weekend.
I also like the pragmatic reasoning by "Orjay", almost socialist in thinking where . . . . .
Old Limerick Society Excursion to Dromore Castle 1946
For of all the castles around, Limerick City people should be most interested in Dromore, because it was built solely out of the rents paid by their ancestors.
Print: Titled: Ireland and her Landowners 1879