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Leamaneh Castle
Kilfenora, Co. Clare
Leamaneh Castle is a 5-storey tower house located between Corofin and Kilfenora in County Clare. It is thought to have been built about 1480 by Turlogh O’Brien, King of Thomond.

The magnificent ruins of the great O'Brien stronghold of Leamaneh stand on the southern fringe of the limestone wilderness known as the Burren. It is a lonely place and perhaps a surprising location for a splendid four-storey, high-gabled, early seventeenth-century mansion with rows of large mullioned windows.

The early part of the building at the east end is, by contrast, a rather grim five-storey tower (c.1500) with narrow slit openings for windows, a tier of small chambers and a spiral stair.

Its entrance passage, with drawbar holes for inner and outer doors, was probably later reserved for servants, as the gabled mansion had its own front door.

The four-storey mansion was added to the west of the tower in the 1640s.

This monument is visible from the road but not accessible.

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Clare, Leamaneh North, Co. Clare, Ireland
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