Parke Castle, Sligo

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    Parkes Castle
    by Maryimelda
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    Parkes Castle....

    by Maryimelda Updated Jan 14, 2010

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    Parkes Castle on the shores of Lough Gill, was built in the 17th century and was the home of Robert Parkes and family. In the courtyard there are what seem to be remains of a Tower House structure believed to have been built in the 16th century. This Tower House was owned by Sir Brian O'Rourke who was executed in London at Tyburn in 1591 for treason.
    The castle has been restored and is open to the public from April to September from 10.00 to 18.00. There are good facilities available for visitors including a tea room, disability access and toilets.

    Related to:
    • Family Travel
    • Castles and Palaces
    • Historical Travel

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    This is a steam bath in Parke...

    by kathycollins Written Sep 12, 2002

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    This is a steam bath in Parke Castle - a sort of sauna used for centuries in Ireland. It leads out to the lake. They were used not just for bathing but for treatment of health problems. Herbs were burned and inhaled in the steamy environment.

    This will be my last Parke Castle pix - I promise! I just thought it was so well done that I wanted to share a bit more about the place.

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    The well inside the...

    by kathycollins Written Sep 12, 2002

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    The well inside the fortifications at Parke castle was a military advantage - with a water source inside, they could withstand seige longer. Now the well isa place to wish for good luck!
    There was a watergate also, allowing transportation of supplies via the lake, circumventing the land route in the event of seige.

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