Clontarf Castle

Clontarf Castle has been a hotel since 1998, but it stands on the site of a castle that dates back to 1172. For many years the castle was a base for the Knights Templar and Knights Hospitaller who were both involved in the Crusades to the Holy Land. They were skilled fighters who took part in wars about religion by Christian Europeans against other religions.

Drimnagh Castle

Drimnagh Castle was built around 1240 as a fortress of the Barnewall family. There were a Norman family who owned large parts of land in Terenure, Kimmage and Drimnagh.