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Rathmacknee Castle

County Wexford

Walshestown Castle Geograph-3036259-by-Mike-Searle.jpg
Type: Tower house
Grid reference: T03081410
Location: 52°16’9"N, 6°29’26"W
Village: Rosslare Strand
Built late 15th century
Owned by: Heritage Ireland

Rathmacknee Castle is a tower house in County Wexford, and scheduled as a National Monument.

The castle is located in the south-east of County Wexford, four miles west of Rosslare.[1]


Rathmacknee Castle is believed to have been built by John Rosseter (Rossiter, Rositer, Rosceter) who was made seneschal of the Liberty of Wexford around 1415. Other accounts associate its construction with his grandson Thomas Rossiter, seneschal in 1493. The Rossiters remained Roman Catholic after the Reformation but stayed loyal to the monarchy and continued to hold their lands. Colonel Thomas Rosseter fought against Oliver Cromwell at Wexford in the Irish Confederate Wars and the castle and lands were confiscated in 1654.

The castle remained occupied until the 1760s. In the 19th century it was restored by its owner, Hamilton Knox Grogan Morgan.[2]


Rathmacknee is a ower house or caiseal, located in the southeast corner of a five-sided bawn, with a bartizan in the bawn wall.[3]

The tower is five storeys high and the parapet has Irish crenellations.

The tower's entrance has a drawbar-slot, a murder-hole and stairs. The upper rooms contain fireplaces, vaulted ceilings and garderobes.[4][5]

The tower was located near a ford and a holy well dedicated to St Martin. A church and graveyard stood to the south and protective earthworks to the north.