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I think the photo is a first on the Site and although I read of the buildings existance in many books about the Town it is the first time I saw a photo of it.
Here's the article. 300 – Years – Old Dun Laoghaire Landmark
(IRISH PRESS Special)
Dun Laoghaire, creating a new outlet to the main road in furthering its town – planning scheme, is to forfeit its most historic landmark.
Corrig Castle, the town’s oldest building, which, tradition says, is one of the ancestral halls of the Dukes of Northumberland, and where, on the night of March 24th, 1688, James II slept, when he arrived from Kinsale to begin his war against William III of Orange, is to make way for the new housing plans.
The extending of Northumberland Avenue to the Corrig Road will result in the razing of the 300 – year – old castellated keep, standing eerily against the sky on the most dominant position above the seaport.
Down in one of its cellars a rock juts up through the floor, the highest rock on the hill to the west of Dun Laoghaire. TUNNEL TO THE SEA.
From these cellars winds an underground tunnel , leading, the people say. “somewhere to the sea”
I verified the existence of this passage yesterday, writes an IRISH PRESS reporter, when, through an old doorway, I was led through a crazily built dark tunnel that wound downwards beneath the castle.
Some scores of feet below the building it resolves itself into several passages. No one of Dun Laoghaire’s inhabitants has ever ventured further than this junction.
Torches and maps would be necessary, my guide stated.
The present owners of the castle are Lord Longford and Lord de Vesci, who have arranged with the Town Planning Committee regarding its short future.
In the offices of Messrs J. and R. Stewart, agents for the property, I was shown a latter seventeenth century map of dun Laoghaire, on which Corrig Castle is the building marked.
Very Rev. Herbert Brownlow Kennedy, Dean, was the last resident of the castle. It was used as a Red Cross Hospital during the Great War.
Dean Kennedy, who was then Chaplain to the Lord Lieutenant of Ireland, and Minister of Mariner’s Church, Dun Laoghaire, and who was later Canon and Chancellor of Christ Church Cathedral, lived in the castle for 16 years.
He told me he had vainly endeavoured, for many years, to obtain the definite history of place. The belief was that it was built for the Dukes of Northumberland, he said, is strengthened by the fact that various street- names surrounding it are called after the family.JAMES'S VISIT
An old tablet which was attached to the wall of one of the spacious rooms, stating that King James of Scotland, Ireland and England, had slept there, is now vanished, only the mark of its attachment remaining.
The Northumberlands, whose family name was Fitzroy, were, according to the histories of the Peerage, of the Catholic Faith and stalwart supporters of the Stuart cause.
They took part in the wars for the enthronement of Mary, Queen of Scots, and in later years, after much persecution on the part of Elizabeth and the Tudors, they aided James against William.
George Fitzroy was created Duke of Northumberland in 1683, and King James, lavish with titles for his supporters, made him Baron Pontefract and Viscount Falmouth.
He asked from England when the Orangeites gained control and is then said to have come to Ireland where he waited to carry on the campaign.
By a curious coincidence, it is related that he was created “Gentleman of the bedchamber” in 1688, the year in which it is said King James stayed in Corrig Castle.
The castle with its huge bulk completely bars the way between Northumberland Avenue and the main (Corrig) Road.
The demolition will be given in private contract. Modern dwellings will cover the site and the secret of the tunnel will never be known.
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