Today's artwork takes us to the 15th Century Dysert O Dea Castle near the village of Corofin in County Clare. The stronghold of the O'Dea (O'Day) Clan was built in 1490 and is surrounded by fascinating historic sites.
Over the course of its history, the castle changed hands several times. The Earl of Ormond’s troops removed the O’Dea clan in 1570, but only temporarily — the O’Deas reclaimed their fort in 1584.
Allegiances ebbed and flowed in subsequent centuries, leading to more sieges and changes of possession. In 1651, Cromwell’s forces took over, damaging the upper floors. The castle ultimately fell into ruin until it was purchased and restored in 1970 by John O’Day, an American descendant of the O’Dea clan.
Now, the castle is open for tours and houses the Clare Archaeology Centre, with exhibits and historical trails around the area. While the restored castle is the gem in the crown of the archaeology centre, the trails around this tower house surely form the royal necklace winding through the Irish countryside to reveal 25 different historical sites and monuments dating back to 1000 B.C.
I'm looking forward to doing some more filming here when we're able to travel again! ... See MoreSee Less