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    At Castle Connell are the noble ruins of an ancient castle situated on an eminence which was once the seat of the O'Briens, kings of Munster. The grandson of Brien Boiromhe who was murdered here by the Prince of Thomond, who leaving his followers at the opposite side of the Shannon, was received with unsuspecting friendship; they, however, came over in the night, surprized the grandson of Brien, put out his eyes, and murdered him! When the English landed in Ireland this castle was granted to Richard de Burgo, Earl of Ulster known by the name of the Red Earl, on conditions of repairing and fortifying it, and from him it descended to William de Burgo, the last Earl of Ulster of that family who being murdered at Carrick-on-Suir, Castle Connell with all his other estates should have devolved on his daughter the Duchess of Clarence, but was withheld by collateral branches of the family.

    Rev. P. Fitzgerald, 1826

    Detail from the Pinkerton map of Ireland, 1813.
    Above: detail from the Pinkerton map of Ireland, 1813.
    Map © Cartography Associates, from the Rumsey Collection.

    Left: detail from satellite photo (click for larger version).

    Charon (MIT Project) 1989, James Coleman ©