Drimnagh Castle is a Norman castle located in Drimnagh, a suburb of Dublin, Ireland. It is the only remaining castle in Ireland with a flooded moat around it; this moat is fed by a small local river, the Bluebell. Drimnagh Castle Christian Brothers Schools is located next to the site of the castle.Arrange your visit to Drimnagh Castle and discover more family-friendly attractions in Dublin using our Dublin trip itinerary planning tool .
The earliest recorded owner of Drimnagh Castle was Sir Hugh de Bernival . His family, owners of Drimnagh Castle for centuries, were later known as Barnewell, sometimes Barnewall. The last occupants of Drimnagh Castle were the Hatch family.
In the very early 1900s, the castle and its lands were bought by Joseph Hatch, a dairy man, of 6 Lower Leeson Street. Joe Hatch was a member of Dublin City Council, representing Fitzwilliam Ward, from 1895 to 1907. He bought the castle in the first instance to provide grazing land for his cattle. He restored the castle, which became a summer home for his family and a splendid location for the celebration of the silver wedding anniversary of Joseph Hatch and his wife, Mary Connell, as well as the marriage of their eldest daughter, Mary, in 1910.
Upon his death in April 1918, ownership of the castle passed to their eldest son, Joseph Aloysius, known as Louis. Together with his brother Hugh, Louis managed the dairy farm and the dairy shop in Lower Leeson Street. Louis died in December 1951. died in 1950.
Drimnagh Castle was left by Louis Hatch to Dr. P. Dunne, Bishop of Nara, who sold it to the Christian Brothers to build the school that now stands there.
Drimnagh Castle Reviews
Excellent visit. The castle is brilliantly restored and parts of it are really well preserved. It is definitely worth a visit, make time to visit this hidden gem for sure! The Castle is very impressiv... more »
Well as you saw from the previous post from my sister, we loved the quaint tour from Brian. While professional he kept it relaxed. From the history of the castle to the playground he gets to play in e... more »
Thank you so much for the tour Steven! I would give you 10 stars if I could. One can see you really love the castle not to mention the garden! Such a lovely castle and I love that it still stays in tune with the time period even if alot of restoration has been done.So glad they didn't demolish! Must see. Minette Cape Town South Africa
Impressively kept structure, albeit largely restored. Hidden gem just outside the city. Good for visitors on short trips to Ireland.
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