Counties of Ireland

Ross Castle, Killarney, County Kerry


Ross Castle, Killarney, County Kerry

A4 (210 x 297mm) : 250g/m² archival art paper

A3 (297 x 420mm) : 250g/m² archival art paper

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Artist: Roger O’Reilly

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A Bit of History

Ross Castle perches in an inlet of Lough Leane. It is likely that the Irish chieftain O’Donoghue Mór built it in the fifteenth century.

Legend has it that O’Donoghue still slumbers under the waters of the lake. Every seven years, on the first morning of May, he rises on his magnificent white horse. If you manage to catch a glimpse of him you will enjoy good fortune for the rest of your life.

Ross Castle was the last place in Munster to hold out against Cromwell. Its defenders, then led by Lord Muskerry, took confidence from a prophecy holding that the castle could only be taken by a ship. Knowing of the prophecy, the Cromwellian commander, General Ludlow, launched a large boat on the lake. When the defenders saw it, this hastened the surrender – and the prophecy was fulfilled.

A Note from the Artist

Many years ago I was attending a wedding in Killarney and we took a drive out towards the “Gap”. About a mile short I rounded a corner to see a man standing in the middle of the road, franticly waving his arms. I slowed down, rolled down the window and looked at him expecting him to tell me to call an ambulance or help dig his car out of a ditch.

He leaned in, tipped his cap to the missus and without any further delay, got to the point.  “Would ye like to hire a horse?” he queried in the broadest Kerry brogue.

If “never miss a genuine opportunity” isn’t the official Kerry motto, it’s one of the few times the Kingdom has missed a trick.



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