Bargy Castle is a Norman fortress near the village of Tomhaggard in the Barony of Bargy, County Wexford, Ireland, some 12 kilometres (7.5 mi) south-west of Wexford town. The name Bargy derives from Ui Bhairrche, the name of a local tribe.

Bargy Castle
Near Tomhaggard, County Wexford in Ireland
Bargy Castle
Bargy Castle is located in island of Ireland
Bargy Castle
Bargy Castle
Coordinates52°13′21.8″N 6°29′33.0″W / 52.222722°N 6.492500°W / 52.222722; -6.492500
TypeNorman fortress
Site information
OwnerChris de Burgh
Open to
the public
Site history
Built15th century
Built byRossiter family
In use1667 (1667)-present

The building is a square keep to which two wings have been added at right angles during the fifteenth and seventeenth centuries. The keep itself is in good condition, having been renovated several times.

History edit

From the 15th century, the castle was occupied by the Rossiter family until 1667, when it was confiscated by Cromwell in response to Rossiter's part in the defence of Wexford. It was then granted to William Ivory, who sold it to the Harvey family. It came down to Beauchamp Bagenal Harvey, the commander of the Wexford insurgents in the Wexford Rebellion of 1798. After the suppression of the uprising, and Harvey's execution on Wexford bridge, the castle was again confiscated and used as a barracks until 1808, after which it was handed back to James Harvey, Bagenal's brother. He, however, lived in London and allowed the castle to deteriorate, but after his death it passed to Councillor John Harvey, who restored it. He died in 1880 and is entombed in a mausoleum in front of the hall door. The castle was afterwards let to a Mr Leared, who re-roofed and improved it.[1] The last Harvey family member to own this castle was James Harvey, and his wife Henrietta. Their daughter, Antoinette Harvey, was born in the castle in 1945.

Bargy Castle was purchased in 1960 by Colonel Charles Davison, the father of Chris de Burgh, and the family moved into the castle on 1 December 1960.[2] Within three weeks of occupation, on 18 December, Chris and his older brother Richard Davison discovered explosives, including sticks of gelignite and gunpowder, in a secret passage in a tower within the castle as they were exploring. Their father stated that judging by the paper on the gelignite, it was made in Glasgow in 1880.[3] In July 1961, a licence was granted to Maeve Davison (née de Burgh) for the castle to be run as a hotel, which she ran with her husband and her father, Eric de Burgh.[4]

References edit

  1. ^ "Castles of Ireland". Retrieved 6 December 2012.
  2. ^ "Historic castle has new owner". Evening Herald. 2 December 1960. Retrieved 12 August 2020.
  3. ^ "Boys find explosives in Irish castle". Sunday Independent. 18 December 1960. Retrieved 12 August 2020.
  4. ^ "Historic castle now a hotel". Evening Herald. 14 July 1961. Retrieved 12 August 2020.