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Overlooking Carlingford Lough, the original castle on this site was built in the thirteenth century, taken by Irish "insurgents" in 1260, captured again by Edward Bruce in 1316, ruined by the O'Neills late in the fourteenth century, and subsequently occupied by the Magennises. It was recovered for the English Crown early in the sixteenth century by Sir Nicholas Bagenal, governor of Newry.

The high rectangular battlemented keep has square towers at each corner, added probably in the fifteenth century. The curtain wall originally contained D-shaped turrets at each corner, but only one of these (at the northwest corner) survives to any height. The foundations of the southwest wall turret can be seen from the upper stories of the keep. The west curtain wall has been incorporated into a modern farmhouse adjacent to the site.

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