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Dundrum Castle, Co.Dublin

The original castle at Dundrum was 13th century.
Dundrum was granted to William Fitzwilliam 1365.
The castle was the Fitzwilliam family seat for a time, then they moved to Baggotrath.
Dundrum Castle was rebuilt 1590s by Sir Richard Fitzwilliam, Kt.
The last Fitzwilliam living in Dundrum was William Fitzwilliam, 3rd Viscount Fitzwilliam, left by 1653, though the family continued to own the castle and lands.

A new "Dundrum Castle" house was built beside it in the 18th century.
Austin Cooper visited in 1780 and said "The Castle of Dundrum ... is inhabited, and in excellent repair", but he must be referring to the new house, since he says: "at the N.E. end of it are the remains of a much older building than the present castle, which is visibly a modern addition ... There is but very little of this ancient part remaining" [Ball and Hamilton, 1895].
The 18th century "Dundrum Castle" house was demolished c.1996.
The ruin of the medieval castle survives today.

The location is to the SW of old Dundrum village.
This was on the W bank of the river. A field went down from the castle to the river.
The ruin is now on the W side of the bypass which follows the old river.

Part of the parish of Taney in the [Down Survey, 1655 to 1658]. E (sea) is up.
1st Viscount Fitzwilliam holds Owenstown (plot 4).
2nd Viscount Fitzwilliam holds Dundrum (plot 1) and Ballinteer (plot 2, not marked, but would be the lower-right (SW) part of the Dundrum plot).
Dundrum Castle is shown. Merrion Castle and the sea are visible in top left.
This is part of the larger map of Donnybrook and Taney. From TCD.

Dundrum in [Taylor and Skinner, 1777].

Dundrum Castle.
From 1829 to 1842 map.
The medieval castle is the building to the N centre.
To the SW is the 18th century "Dundrum Castle" house.

Dundrum Castle on map in [VO] of unclear date.
See full size.

Dundrum Castle.
From 1887 to 1913 map.

Dundrum Castle.
Modern satellite view.
From Google Maps.

Historical views

Dundrum Castle, 1802.
From The Literary and Masonic Magazine.
Printed in [Ball, vol.2, 1903].

Modern street view of same location as 1802 picture above.
The bypass follows the line of the old river.
The bridge is on the site of the old bridge.
The castle is ahead to the RHS on the bank higher up.

Dundrum Castle, 1903.
From [Ball, vol.2, 1903]. See full size.

The modern ruin

The medieval castle survives as a ruin.
The 18th century "Dundrum Castle" house was demolished c.1996.
Think this is now the site of the "Dundrum Castle House" apartments.
Think access to the old castle ruin is through the (locked) gate of the "Dundrum Castle House" apartments (the first turn near the roundabout).

Dundrum Castle.
Photo by Patrick Healy, 1987.
From South Dublin Libraries. See terms of use.

Dundrum Castle, 1999, from the E (river) side.

Dundrum Castle, 1999, from the E (river) side.

Dundrum Castle, 1999, from the W (apartments) side.

Video of Dundrum Castle.
Uploaded by this user in 2010.

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