Grange Castle was a truly wondrous place to come across as I had read very little about it before my visit. I knew it had become overgrown but was unsure if some of the buildings on the site were inhabited or not. So I approached the house not through the main gate but a smaller side entrance. As I got closer to the 15th century towerhouse and the adjoining 19th century house and outbuildings, I could see from the shuttered and smashed windows the place was abandoned. The tower house itself is incredibly striking, altered with chimneys and battlements in the early 17th century. A large mansion house was originally attached to the tower, but was burnt down before the current – early 19th century – structure was built. There are many other outbuildings and completely overgrown courtyards and gardens. Many of the windows have been smashed and the castle has been derelict for about 10 years. Originally the tower house was built by the Bermingham family and stayed in their ownership until 1735 when it was sold to Thomas Tyrrell, whose family remained living in the castle until 1988. A local group solicited the support of the owner Hugh Tyrrell (who know lives in England) to create the Tyrell Trtust. The idea being to restore the Castle and gardens as a tourist attraction. However this never came fully to fruition and the Trust disbanded in 2003.
Walking around Grange Castle was a dream, now quite overgrown in such a short space of time the walled courtyards are a hive of activity, very much adding to the magical nature of the place. However it is a shame to see such a relatively structurally sound building falling into such a state, I would happily take it off the owners hands if they feel the desire to offer!
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