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Ballyheeny Castle

BALLyheeny castle: A STRONGHOLD OF the desmonds

The only remaining castle ruins standing in the parish of Clashmore today are that of Ballyheeny Castle which sits high on the banks of the River Lickey just a few hundred yards west of Ballyheeny Bridge. Its location on the river bank gave it direct access upstream by boat from the expansive River Blackwater. Today only the south-facing wall survives and being fully camouflaged in ivy it is quite difficult to pick out of the landscape from a distance, especially in summer-time.