Date(s) - 1 March 2020
1:00 pm - 3:00 pm
Location will be sent to members
Fiddaun Castle Walk with Risteard (Dick) UaCroinin
Join us for Burrenbeo’s monthly members’ walk with archaeologist Dick Cronin to explore the history of the magnificent Fiddaun Castle in Tubber.
Fiddaun Castle is a six-storey castle, built in 1574, and once considered to be the largest castle in all of Ireland due to the amount of land that was encompassed within its outer walls. The castle was owned by the O’Shaughnessy family and guarded the western parts of their lands. The castle was forfeited in 1697 when Sir William O’Shaughnessy, who was only fifteen fled to France to fight as a captain in the Jacobite cause and later became a Mareschal de Camp in 1734. Fiddaun Castle was continuously inhabited by O’Shaughnessys until 1727. Although now uninhabited and missing it’s top storey the castle is remarkably preserved with many inner features still intact.
Dick has worked as Architectural Conservation Officer and Archaeologist with Clare County Council. He was responsible for the built heritage of the county including historic buildings, vernacular houses, protected structures and architectural conservation areas (ACAs) in towns and villages. Having studied in UCD and UCG, he has worked in the conservation and restoration of historic buildings since the 1980s. In 1986 he restored Dysert O’Dea Castle, Corofin, County Clare which has been open to the public, since, as The Clare Archaeology Centre and Trail.
Start: The start location for the walk will be sent to members in the week before the walk.
THINGS TO BEAR IN MIND
- Please ensure you read the walk risk assessment before attending. You will be asked to indicate that you have read this when signing in on the day. The walk risk assessment can be viewed here. You will also be asked to warrant that you are physically fit and have no medical condition that would prevent your full participation in this event.
- Please bear in mind that ticks are common across the Burren and there have been reported cases of Lyme Disease in this area. For more information on Lyme Disease follow this link.
- In the event any weather warning in place for the region this event will be cancelled.
Sign up for Burrenbeo Trust membership at www.burrenbeo.com.