On the same day that Hank and I went to Tollymore Forest Park (you can read/ see all the pics from that post here), we stopped by a Norman Castle that I happened to see up on a hill. It turns out it was Dundrum Castle. I knew that it sounded familiar to me, but when we arrived and I saw all of the flowers growing out of the walls, I knew why. Just a few days before, I had watched the Time Team episode – Series 20 Episode 9 – The Lost Castle of Dundrum , so not only did I get to see the beautiful ruins, I also knew a little bit about what had been going on there previously! It was very exciting… to me. Homer is kinda “eh.” about the whole castle thing.
So, what did I know? I knew there was a cistern/well/water supply under the keep, I knew that the hole in the wall behind the keep was a garderobe (a medieval toilet) from a building that was there before the keep had been built, I knew that the two thicker parts of the curtain walls were exterior walls of two great halls that are no longer standing, and I knew approximately where the pre-Norman Irish round hall feasting-type building was located (the Normans tended to build on top of important Irish buildings such as the halls of local nobles).
The castle is originally 12th century, but was developed over the next several centuries, with the Brundell House being added during the mid-17th century, approximately.
Have a look at the pictures, and then at the end of those, there’s a really nice HD video I found on YouTube of Dundrum Castle from the POV of a drone, which gives you a MUCH better scale of Dundrum Castle than my pics.
The video above was done by a fellow called Liam McCormick. I don’t know him, but his YouTube channel (Liam McCormick’s YouTube Channel) currently has a handful of well done HD drone videos, including one of Inch Abbey in Downpatrick, which is one of the places in particular which I would like to see. In fact, here’s the Inch Abbey video: