September 17, 2006
The property was originally the seat of the MacCarthy Mor family, but passed to the O'Connells in 1350, who were wardens for the MacCarthy Mors. The story goes that the MacCarthys sent a messenger with a cradle to the O'Connells, as indicating that they should offer to foster a MacCarthy Mor child. The O'Connells responded by sending the cradle back with the head of the messenger inside. Evidently, the MacCarthy children had a reputation as little hellions?! Cromwell’s General Ludlow destroyed the castle in 1652 with cannons, as is true of most things in Ireland. Cromwell must have been a really unhappy character...perhaps he wore wool knickers? We couldn’t find any cannonballs lying about.
From journal Ring of Kerry