Redwood Castle, Tipperary

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Redwood Castle (also known as Egan Castle or Caislean Choillte Rua in Irish) is a Norman castle near Lorrha in County Tipperary, Ireland.
The castle was built by the Normans around 1200 AD, and was occupied by them until c. 1350, when the Mac Aodhagáin (MacEgan, Egan, Keegan) were installed on the lands.

As hereditary Brehons or lawyers, the Mac Aodhagáin clan established a school of learning here, which was patronised by the family for several hundred years.
The castle was enlarged and renovated several times, with considerable work from 1350. Aside from the original thick stone walls, the building demonstrates some architectural features common to Irish fortifications of the period (including a murder-hole), and some less common features (including a Sheela na gig).
The castle remained under continuous occupation and ownership by the (Mac)Egan families until it was confiscated and burned at the time of the Cromwellian conquest c.1650.

The site remained in ruin for over 300 years, with only the thick exterior walls standing, until Michael J. Egan, a Mayo lawyer, purchased and renovated the building in 1972. While the castle remains a private residence, terms of the Department of Finance Heritage/Cultural Tax Relief mean the castle is periodically open to the public during the summer months. It is a protected structure (ref S329) on the North Tipperary list of protected structures.
The castle hosted several "Clan Egan" rallies in 2000, 2004 and 2008.
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  • We actually visited the castle a few years ago when we were in Ireland. I am a member of the Egan Clan as my mother was an Egan and I wanted to see the family castle. It is off the beaten path to...  more »
  • Redwood Castle wasn't open to the Public on the day I went so I could only take pictures from the street. Almost bought the house next door that was for sale at the time. I found it accidentally as...  more »
  • Restored with private funds and away from the crowds. A beautifully restored castle. Our guide was very accommodating and knowledgeable. Was our favorite castle tour after 10 days in Ireland. Nearby the beautiful Shannon River.
  • Quite a lovely castle set in the countryside. Make sure in the off season to call ahead the day before for a guide to access it though!

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