Clonony Castle, built in the 1490’s by the Coghlan Clan, was seized by Henry VIII during the war of dominion by England. He ceded it to Thomas Boleyn, making him the Earl of Ormond, his daughter, the ill-fated Ann, a countess and marriageable by a king. When Henry tired of Ann and the Boleyns fell from grace, two ladies, Mary and Elizabeth, were sent back to Clonony and remained for the rest of their lives. Their tombstone lays beneath a tree in the castle bawn.
Following the ladies demise, a merchant, Sir Matthew de Renzi, wrote to Queen Elizabeth of the great significance of the castle and begged to be awarded it. These DeRenzi letters have become very important as they tell us what life was like in the 16th Century in the midlands. Possessing a great facility for language, speaking and trading with many countries, he wrote the first English/Irish dictionary.
Today the castle has been sensitively restored to reflect the way of life through this historical period and now is open to the public casually from 12 to 5 on Friday, Saturday, and Sunday through summer and anytime by appointment on 0877614034. There is no fee, but donations toward the maintenance of the castle is greatly appreciated. In June, the castle will open on weekends for glamping (glamourous camping). Early booking is essential. Clonony Castle is located in County Offaly between Birr and Athlone. All schedules are weather dependent. It’s Ireland
|Admission||There is no fee, but donations toward the maintenance of the castle is greatly appreciated.|
|Opening Times||Open to the public casually from 12 to 5 Friday, Saturday and Sunday through summer and anytime by appointment. In June, the castle will open on weekends for glamping. Early booking is essential.|
|Distance||From Tullamore 32KM, Birr 17.6KM, Edenderry 67.1KM|
|Address||Clonony, Clonony More, Co. Offaly|