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Greencastle is a small townland located about 7 kilometres south of the town of Kilkeel in County Down just off the A2, in the Newry and Mourne District Council area. Its claim to fame is the magnificent ruins of the castle from where the area gets its name.
It is a royal castle built in the 13th century by Hugh de Lacy as a means of protection to advances from the south. It was attacked and taken by Edward Bruce in 1316, attacked at least twice by the Irish in the later 14th century but still maintained as an English garrison in the 1590s. The large rectangular keep with three vaulted chambers at the ground floor, is approached across a rock-cut ditch. While it dates mainly from the 13th century it had substantial 15th century and 16th century alterations.
The Castle is a State Care Historic Monument and is Open April to September: Tuesdays to Saturdays, 10.00 am 7.00 pm; Sundays, 2.00 – 7.00 pm; other times by request. Small admission fee charged.