Manorhamilton Castle, around which the town of Manorhamilton has grown, has a dramatic and colourful history, stories of which live on in the town to this day.
The name of castle overlord Sir Frederick Hamilton was to become an epithet for cruelty down the centuries as a result of his brutality in suppressing uprisings led by the O’Rourke chieftains, whose land he had seized.
On display at Manorhamilton Castle, a permanent exhibition including artifacts from the 17th century, replica period costumes, furniture, a castle model, and other interesting items and information afford you a peek through the centuries to what life was like back in his day.
Manorhamilton Castle and Heritage Centre is open year-round to the general public and to organised tours. A tour of the recently restored castle ruins and grounds can be taken, conducted by an experienced and informative guide.
Explore more of Manorhamilton’s history by following the signposted Heritage Trail around the town.