Carrignafeela Castle, Carrignafeela, O'Brennan par, E of Tralee, Co.Kerry.
Sir Edward Denny, Governor of Kerry and Desmond
was granted Tralee in 1586, but
was in ruins.
Sir Edward Denny probably lived at Carrignafeela Castle when in Ireland after 1586.
He returned to England before his death in 1600.
His son Sir Arthur Denny lived at Carrignafeela Castle some time after 1605.
He died here in 1619.
It is referred to as "Carrignafeely House" at his death. See extract of 1619 document in [Hickson, 14 Apr 1897].
Sir Edward Denny restored
and moved there
Col. James Ryeves acquired Carrignafeela Castle from Sir Edward Denny by Deed of 1627.
Ryeves lived at Carrignafeela Castle.
It was later sold by Ryeves to Crosbie.
It was occupied by Verdon in 1756.
It later became a ruin.
From entry of 25 Aug 1788 in [Rev. Daniel A. Beaufort's Tour of Kerry, 1788]: "I consented, mounted my horse & rode with them to see several dippings of the River Leigh, and farther on a great Cavern under a ledge of huge rocks, with an open, or window as they call it, upon a perilous abyss. This is called McElligott's prison."
There is another, neighbouring
Carrignafeela townland across the parish boundary to the W, in
There is another "McElligott's Castle" in Arabela townland, Ballymacelligott par.
Carrignafeela Castle ("McElligott's Castle") on 1829 to 1842 map.
Carrignafeela Castle on 1887 to 1913 map.
The location on modern satellite view.
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