Castleshane, County Monaghan

Castleshane, County Monaghan

Castleshane, County Monaghan

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Castleshane is a small village on the outskirts of Monaghan town in the north of County Monaghan in Ireland. Castleshane or Caisléan an tSiáin in Irish, translates as the castle (or fort) of the fairies and not the castle of Shane as most believe. The village is situated on the National Primary Route 2 from Dublin to Derry approximately 6 kilometres from Monaghan town and 17 kilometres from Castleblayney. It is also located approximately 3 kilometres away from the border with County Armagh and Northern Ireland.

The Estate

The Landlord Estate was formerly owned by the Lucas family is originally medieval as the original house on the site was constructed in 1591, the Elizabethan or Jacobean style house was built in 1836 for the Lucas Scudamores. Castleshane consisted of a four storey tower with corner bartizans and a main 3 story block, but was burned in 1920 and very little remains. The house had 3 centre bays with 3 sided bays to each side with mullioned windows, curvilinear gables and tall Tudor chimneys. All that remains is part of a three storey bay window and gable end - the rest having been demolished. There is also a much extended gatelodge and an unusual bellcote in the walled garden. The former landlord estate is now mainly in ruins and belongs in majority to Coillte, the Irish Forestry body.

It is the birthplace of Irish politician Patricia McKenna.It is also the birthplace of Malachy Trainor, local teacher. ornithologist and Irish language activist.


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