Kanturk Castle

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  • Moments in Cork History

Background to Kanturk Castle

Kanturk was the ancient capital of the Barony of Duhallow in north County Cork. The name 'Kanturk' comes from the Irish 'Céann Tuirc' which means boar's head.

The castle was built around 1601 for MacDonagh MacCarthy, Lord of Duhallow, as a defence against the English Settlers. It was a tudor style mansion four storeys high, 28 metres in length and 11 metres wide. Each tower had five storeys and rose to a height of 29 metres. It was constructed of rubble limestone from the quarry which lies just north of the castle.