castle is a tower castle dating from the 13th century. It sits high
on a hill with a motte some 35 feet deep. This impressive stronghold
of the Geraldines (Fitzgerald) boasted circular walls 10 feet thick.
And surrounding are more motte and bailey defensives, ditches and banks.
Abu - Long Live Shanid
FitzGerald was granted lands in Limerick by Richard de Clare (Strongbow)
after the Norman invasions of 1169. Thomas Fitzmaurice (son of Maurice)
inherited the lands of Shanid. He is often credited with the building
of the Shanid castle in 1230 but there are strong indications it was
there before that date. Thomas was the ancestor of the FitzGeralds,
the Earls of Desmond and this was to be the first stronghold of the
Knights of Glin. These Desmond Geraldines would go on to build many
castles but Shanid was the strongest.
Earl of Desmond was murdered in Kerry in 1584. The lands of the Desmond
Geraldines were then divided by the English. Shanid Castle was inhabited
until 1641 when it was finally burned and destroyed.
Castle is located south of the town of Shanagolden on the Ardagh Road
in County Limerick.
There is said to be a poem by Gerald Griffin called Shanid Castle