Ballylahan Castle

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Ballylahan Castle

County Mayo

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Ballylahan Castle
Type: tower house
Grid reference: M27499888
Location: 53°56’4"N, 9°6’18"W
Built 1239
Owned by: Heritage Ireland

Ballylahan Castle is a shattered tower house in County Mayo. It is listed as a National Monument.

The castle is to be found a mile and a half northeast of Strade, on the south bank of the River Moy.[1]


This castle was constructed in 1239 by Jordan de Exeter, Sheriff of Connaught and was the ancient seat of the Mac Siúrtáin (MacJordans).[2][3]

The castle came under attack in 1316 by the King of Connaught, Fedlim Ó Conchobair and was almost destroyed.[4][5]


The main entrance was in the east and it was flanked by two circular towers, of which only one remains. The entrance gives access to an irregular hexagonal bawn. There is evidence of buildings particularly against the western wall. The bawn has some good base-batter, particularly at the northwest corner.[6][7]