Monday, 24 September 2012
Whilst out and about recently in the Naas area of Kildare, I came across this fascinating little ruin known locally as Castle Rag .This Tower House is hidden in a pasture behind the abandoned ruins of Jigginstown Castle, off the old Limerick road. Surprisingly there is little information to be found regarding the history of the structure. The Ruin which appears to be in good condition and consists of a rectangular Tower House and seems to comprise of three stories in height.
This type of Tower house castle was a typical sight to be seen around the verge of the Pale. These fortifications were built by the English occupiers to defend themselves from the native Gaelic people whom would regularly run raids for livestock in the area. Infact it is believed that Castle Rag predates its larger neighbor by over two hundred years, which means that it was built in the early 1400’s. There were many of these fortifications built all along the line of the Pale and the remains of similar castles can still to be found in other parts of Kildare like Rathcoffey and Clongowes Wood.