Fethard castle is a ruined historical location in Fethard-on-Sea, County Wexford, Ireland.
The aged structure may be a good filming location for scenes that require a historical ruin in a modern setting. The ruin is popular with tourists who use the green areas in front and behind the building to picnic and to rest. The village is a major stopping point for journeys to and from destinations on the Hook peninsula and travellers will often eat lunch on the grass or while meandering around the building.
The council erected a fence around the structure to protect the public from the risk of collapse. The dangerous state of the building, the surrounding fence, and the power line across the property limit the castle’s use as a historical location. But the pretty green areas, the small copse of trees around the location, and its position in the charming village of Fethard should all give filmmakers reason to use the visually appealing castle.
The stone castle was built in several phases during the 14th and 15th centuries. The earliest part of the castle is a gatehouse located on the eastern side of the building. The castle was probably built by the Bishop of Ferns as a summer residence and the crenellated circular tower was formerly topped by a bellcote. In the later medieval period several bishops resided at Fethard to avoid the attacks of the native Irish in north Wexford. In the 17th century Fethard Castle became the property of the Loftus family.
Parking: ~15 spaces immediately in front of the location.
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Fethard Castle, R734, Fethard, Co. Wexford, Ireland