As a small side project a full reconstruction of the partly destroyed Dunmoe Castle located near the River Boyne.
The castle was build for the D’Arcy family in the mid-15th century and marked the wester edge of The Pale. According to the Civil Survey (1654-6) Thomas Darcy owned the entire parish and on the premises there was a castle, a Church, a Mill, an Orchard and a fishing weare. During the Cromwellian conquest of Ireland in 1649 the Castle was fire upon from the south bank by passing troops on their way from Drogheda to Athboy, but avoided any real damage.
According to legend, the occupant, George D’Arcy, entertained King James on the night before the Battle of the Boyne (1690) and King William the day after, inspiring the couplet: “Who will be king, I do not know, but I’ll be D’Arcy of Dunmoe”.
The two-storey building attached to the east may be an 18th century addition. A drawing of 1795 shows the castle intact. It was burned down during the Irish Rebellion of 1798. Now only the two southern towers and some walls remain. Source (Wikipedia)