Ross Castle

Ross Castle

Ross Castle - General Information

Ross Castle is a castle in Co. Meath with bed and breakfast accommodation, offering beautiful waterfront view of Lough Sheelin. The lake is famous for trout, perch and pike fishing.



History The ancient village of Ross is situated on the south side of the River Inny as it enters Lough Sheelin. Throughout the middle-ages this has been the battle ground between the anglo-saxon conquerors to the east and the celtic Irish to the north and west. The pale, that area extending west from Dublin controlled […]

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History

The ancient village of Ross is situated on the south side of the River Inny as it enters Lough Sheelin. Throughout the middle-ages this has been the battle ground between the anglo-saxon conquerors to the east and the celtic Irish to the north and west. The pale, that area extending west from Dublin controlled by the English ran out at the shores of Lough Sheelin. Beyond was the Irish north and west. The border region of the pale was the domain of the Nugents. Gilbert de Nogent, leaving his home in France, can be found as one of the principal men taking part in William The Conqueror’s 1066 invasion of England. In return for his loyalty and service the “de Nogents”, who later anglicized their name to Nugent, received titles and lands in England.

In Ireland, allied with the celebrated Hugh de Lacy, who had been granted the greater part of County Meath, the heart of the pale, young Gilbert was given the hand of de Lacy’s sister and with it as dowry the Barony of Delvin. The Nugents were always “King’s Men”, realizing full well on whose goodwill and strong arm their lands and titles rested. They did their utmost to maintain and where possible expand their foothold in the new colony. In later years that domaine stretched as far as the shores of Lough Sheelin, into the lands of the Breffni border. The English encouraged their lords to erect strong fortifications for defense against the local Irish, from whom the land had been taken.

Accordingly in 1533 Richard Nugent, the 12th Baron of Delvin commenced the construction of a stronghold, which was to become known as the Castle of Ross. The tower was completed by him in 1537. The great hall and further extensions were finished by his grandson, the 13th Baron of Delvin in 1539.

The Castle served as a guard at the western reaches of the pale against the celtic Irish across the lake in what today is Cavan. In decades following, the Nugents started to merge with the local Irish and soon O’Reillys can be found in the family annals.

The Castle of Ross came to its final fame in the summer of 1644 when Myles O’Reilly, the Slasher, spent in its walls the night before the Battle of Finea. There, confronting Cromwellian troops on the bridge the next day, he himself was slain. In retribution the English reduced much of the Castle of Ross to ruins. The tower of the same and some outbuildings were rebuilt by a later descendant in the 19th century. In 1864 Anna Maria O’Reilly also installed a large plaque, commemorating her heroic ancestor in the tower hall. One hundred years later Sir David Nugent rebuilt the entire complex as a family estate in its present outline. At that time modern conveniences were added to the building.

Getting there

Directions to Ross Castle from Dublin

  • leaving airport at roundabout towards Dublin City M1
  • leave dual carriage way M1 to M 50 South look out for signpost for N 3, main direction Cavan, Kells and Navan
  • continue on N3 to Virginia
  • here look out for sign post to Ballyjamesduff to the left
  • entering Ballyjamesduff sharp right then sharp left turn towards Mount Nugent (sign Gowna)
  • cross the square and ½ mile after leaving Ballyjamesduff turn to the left, sign posted to Mount Nugent and Kilnacrott
  • follow this direction for about three miles until T-junction
  • here turn left for Mount Nugent
  • here turn right to Ross Castle (signposted Ross House/Ross Castle)
  • look out for Sheelin Retirement Home on the left
  • after this take next 4-cross-road to the right
  • it is sign posted for Ross Castle to the right, but the sign is difficult to see.

Accommodation

The secluded setting and spacious, comfortable accommodation offers the visitor an exclusive retreat. Guests will find it the perfect place to relax and unwind, away from the stresses and strains of modern life, or as a venue for a private function.

Only six bedrooms, all spacious and en-suite, are made available to guests. This ensures a degree of privacy and space befitting the castle accommodation experience.

All rooms are furnished in period antiques to complement the stately ambience.

Activities

  • Angling/fishing
  • Bird watching
  • Golf
  • Horse riding
  • Sailing
  • Walking/hiking

See also

 

Ross Castle photos

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Ross Castle - Contact Information

Official website: Ross Castle
Address: Ross Castle, Ross, Oldcastle, Co. Meath, Ireland
Phone: +353 43 66 81286
Email: book@ross-castle.com