Dysert O’Dea Castle
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Dysert O’Dea Castle is at site of the O’Dea clan stronghold at Dysert O’Dea near Corofin in north Clare.
The Battle of Dysert O’Dea, which drove the Anglo-Normans from the region for over 200 years, took place at this site on May 10, 1318.
In 1968, Mr.
John B. O’Day of Wisconsin, USA, while touring Ireland, discovered Dysert O’Dea Castle was for sale.
Between 1971 and 1983, he purchased and commenced with repairs to protect what remained of the castle.
Dysert O’Dea has become one of the most visited sites in Clare and continues to be a site of valuable archeological investigation.
Notable aspects are the 15th century Dysert O’Dea Castle itself, two stone forts used during battles between local noblemen in the 16th century and the Saint Tola’s High Cross, which dates from the 12th century.
There is also an example of a fulacht fiadh, or ancient cooking site.
An archaeological trail has been developed to highlight 25 of the field monuments within a 6km radius of the Castle, the most famous of which include a Romanesque Doorway and High Cross.