Liscarroll is dominated by its 13th century Norman Castle, which is a spectacular building in size (it is the third largest of its kind in Ireland) and in being almost intact. Covering an area of about 2,500 sq. mtrs. (0.6 acres) it has circular towers at the corners and a fine gatehouse, and its walls in places reach 12m (40ft.) above the village. In 1641 English forces held out in the castle for almost two weeks against the repeated attacks of an Irish army of 7,000 foot soldiers and 500 cavalry backed up by artillery before surrendering. The delay allowed Lord Inchiquin to assemble an army sufficient to attack and defeat the Irish and the castle was back in English hands within another week.


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