The Executive Committee invites Trinity Retirement Association members to a private guided tour of Rathfarnham Castle. The Castle has very kindly offered us a complimentary tour which will take place on Thursday 6th June. We will meet at 11.00 in the Rathfarnham Castle Tea Rooms, Brambles – the tea rooms are located beside the castle. Lunch is also served in the tea rooms.
The tour will commence at 11.30 and finish at 12.30 approximately. This tour is for TRA members only.
Rathfarnham Castle, which dates from Elizabethan times, is probably the earliest example of what is termed a ‘fortified house’ built in Ireland. State papers attest to the presence of a fortification at Rathfarnham from soon after the Norman Invasion. This was apparently one of a chain of castles built to protect Dublin from attack by Irish clans based in Wicklow. In 1583, following the Desmond Rebellion, the lands of Rathfarnham, then part of the estate of Viscount Baltinglass, were confiscated by the Crown, and Baltinglass and his four brothers were convicted of high treason for their part in the rebellion.
Adam Loftus, an ambitious Yorkshire clergyman, came to Ireland as chaplain to the Lord Deputy, the Earl of Sussex in 1560. He quickly rose to become Archbishop of Dublin in 1567, Lord Chancellor of Ireland in 1581, and was closely involved in the establishment of Trinity College Dublin in 1592. Even before the confiscation of the lands at Rathfarnham, envious eyes had been cast on them. ln 1583, Loftus was granted the fee farms of these lands at the nominal rent of thirty shillings. Within two years of acquiring the property he had apparently built the castle, which stands today. This has since been confirmed when wood from the roof beams was dated by dendrochronology to 1583.
Getting there.. By car… take exit 11 from the M50, merge onto Tallagh Rd R137..at the roundabout take the R114 (3rd exit) to Rathfarnham Castle.
From Dublin city centre, take the R137, this becomes the R114 (just past Terenure) and takes you to the Castle.
In the Pay and Display car park beside the castle, there is limited parking available. Wheelchair ramps provide full access to the Tearooms and Castle. There are accessible toilets available, as well as a lift inside the Castle.
By Bus…The following transit lines have routes that pass near Rathfarnham Castle – Bus: 15B, 16, 75. More info on www.dublinbus.ie/