Tralee Castle was the castle of Tralee town, Co.Kerry.
It was originally built by
John Fitzgerald, 1st Baron Desmond,
who founded Tralee town, c.1216.
Seat of Earls of Desmond.
Tralee Castle was destroyed, along with Tralee town, in 1580 in the Earl of Desmond's rebellion.
and town were granted in 1586 to
Sir Edward Denny.
Tralee was burnt again in an insurrection in 1598.
Tralee Castle was restored by Sir Edward Denny in 1627.
The Castle was besieged in the Catholic Rebellion 1641 and it was burnt by the rebels in 1642.
It was restored by Sir Arthur Denny in 1653.
The castle and town were again destroyed in 1691 in the Williamite-Jacobite War.
It was restored by Col. Edward Denny after 1691.
Seat of Denny Baronets (cr 1782).
From entry of 23 Aug 1788 in
[Rev. Daniel A. Beaufort's Tour of Kerry, 1788],
on arrival in Tralee:
"The entrance is very dirty, the town very rambling in its plan.
Some good houses on the Mall, a broad street by Sir Barry Denny's frightful old Castle.
A Square very small & irregular.
is large & decent but never painted.
A large new Jail is building. Many houses building so that half the streets are in rubbish."
From entry of 25 Aug 1788: "We walked into Sir Barry Denny's house which is much better than it appears outside. The grounds behind are well wooded & have a pretty walk round them."
Tralee Castle was rebuilt 1804 by
Sir Edward Denny, 3rd Baronet.
But it didn't really work and he moved out in 1807-1810.
Tralee Castle was demolished 1826.
Very similar to the 1824 painting above, though with minor differences.
Maybe a copy made by someone of the above painting. Or else an original, but made around the same time.
See larger and full size.
See other scan.
From [McMorran and O'Keeffe, 2005]. Picture credit Russell McMorran.
Used with the kind permission of Russell McMorran and Maurice O'Keeffe.
Site of Tralee Castle and grounds on 1829 to 1842 map.
Denny Street has been built on the site. Note the castle grounds below it (now Tralee town park).
Note The Square to the NW.
Note Princes Quay and Day Place to the W.
A floor tile surviving from the lost Tralee Castle.
Tile in possession of Denny family.
Photo 2022. See larger and full size.
This is a wild boar, which is a Fitzgerald symbol.
See other photo. From Gerald O'Carroll.
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