This Moydrum Castle on the island of Ireland today is a veritable privately owned ruin that you can't even enter. However, despite being a dilapidated building, it is a great example to talk about some of the key events in the relatively recent history of the Republic of Ireland.
Moydrum Castle today
The construction is much more recent than we might think. It originated at the beginning of the 19th century, and after several changes in the project by the owner and the architect Richard Morrison, it was finally inaugurated in 1814, in a very British style of the time: the Neo-Gothic architecture. Some forms that were applied to many of the richest mansions of the time, such as the Strawberry Hill Mansion, and that were even applied to the construction of the famous London Parliament in front of the Thames.
The allusion to the British Parliament is not gratuitous. In fact, the owner of the castle was William Handcock, who came from an English family and was a Member of Parliament. And even he had attained a rank of nobility, being appointedBaron of Castlemaine. And he was so proud of this condition that he ordered the reconstruction of the family mansion to create this marvelous castle that would capture all his we alth and power.
Castle ofOriginal Moydrum
His descendants continued to enjoy the same political positions and we alth, and although for several generations it was a guarantee of comfort, in the first decades of the 20th century that was to change.
Do not forget that between 1919 and 1921 the Irish War of Independence took place under British rule. In this context, in 1921, Moydrum Castle, given the relevance of its owners, was the object of an attack by the IRA, the Irish Liberation Army. First it was evicted, thus saving all the baron's staff and family, and then it was burned down, leaving it in a huge ruin, whose owners have never restored it.
So over time only part of its façade remains standing, and largely because the vegetation has already integrated it into the landscape. It seems incredible that these ruins, to which access is not allowed, are so visited, but the reason must be found in the music of the most famous Irish rock group of all time: U2, which featured Moydrum Castle as the cover image for one of their early albums: The Unforgettable Fire.