Ballycarty is just E of Ballyseedy.
The old Ballycarty Castle was a Geraldine (Desmond branch) fortress, perhaps 15th century.
It was confiscated after the Desmond rebellion 1583.
It was granted to Thomas Blennerhassett of Flimby, Cumberland in 1590.
His son Robert Blennerhassett came to Ireland, lived at Ballycarty Castle.
Robert acquired Ballyseedy c.1620 (post-1619) and built a new house there c.1627.
In the 1641 Rebellion,
John Blennerhassett, of Ballycarty
surrendered Ballycarty Castle to the rebels in Nov 1641.
After this, Ballyseedy became the main seat of the family.
But Blennerhassetts continued to live at Ballycarty.
Agnes Blennerhassett was born at Ballycarty in 1740.
[Houses of Kerry]
Ballycarty Castle was at the same site as
Ballycarty House, and replaced by it in 1765-70.
However, the old Ballycarty Castle may be the ruin that survives to the NE of Ballycarty House.
The new Ballycarty House was built in 1765-70 period by the Nash family (not connected to Blennerhassett).
Ballycarty House was burnt by the Republicans in the Civil War in January 1923.
It was a ruin for many years.
The ruins were mostly cleared when a new Ballycarty House was built at the site in 2009, though it does incorporate some of the 18th century structure.
See Ballycarty House.
[The Post-chaise Companion, 1786, p.186] lists "ruins of Ballycarthy castle" at this location.
Ballycarty on 1887 to 1913 map.
The old coach road is visible here running S of the river and across an old bridge. It was replaced by the new road N of the river and a new bridge (since replaced by a further bridge).
There is a ruin NE of Ballycarty House. It is the building just E of the "Lodge", on bank of River Lee, near the old bridge over the river.
Bill Jehan says it is close to "an ancient and beautiful bridge that once carried the old coach road to Tralee".
Return to Ballyseedy.
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