Help Save our Castle
In an effort to save Ballinskelligs castle a sub-committee of the Ballinskelligs Coiste Forbartha has been formed and is also supported by the Ballinskelligs Environmental Action Group – BEAG.
Ballinskelligs Castle is situated on the west shore of Ballinskelligs Bay a short distance form Ballinskelligs Priory. It was originally a McCarthy Mór Tower House. The McCarthys were the Chieftains in Kerry in the 16th century. It has also been identified as the Manor which the Sigerson family occupied in the early 17th century.
The original two acres on which the Castle stood have been so badly eroded that only the land on which it now stands remains.
For twenty years we have tried to get protection work carried out on the Castle. We now feel that the Castle will not survive another winter.
Any pictorial representation of Ballinskelligs would be easily recognizable from this historic landmark which finished off the sweep of the Bay. It is the main focal point of the area and it is honored as such in any local wedding photographs, postcards, tourism brochures and in many paintings. It symbolizes part of our fast vanishing heritage.
The committee hope that enought interest will be generated over the coming months to save Ballinskelligs Castle for generations to come.