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Tower House at Ross Castle in Killarney, Ireland

When this tower house was built during the late 15th century, its massive stone exterior provided defense while the interior served as a luxurious residence for the O’Donoghue Mór clan, a family from Cork dating back to Ireland’s 10th century. Apparently the chieftain drowned in Lough Leane (seen in the background) yet returns every seven years for a gallop around the lake. The medieval castle was owned by several families before becoming a military barracks. The stronghold is available for guided tours as part of the Killarney National Park.

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Ross Castle Ross Rd, Ross Island, Killarney, Co. Kerry, Ireland

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