Mount Ivers Castle

Artist(s) : Thomas Dineley (Draughtsman)

Sepia, red and black ink sketch of Mount Ivers, or Mount Ievers Castle, in Co. Clare, no longer extant. This drawing is pasted on a page of the manuscript. The building depicted is a large tower house with a pitched roof, machicolation, loops, some larger windows and a portcullis, and is surrounded by a wall with small watchtowers. Steps lead from outside the wall up to the inner entrance. It is situated in a hilly landscape, with letters marking other buildings and natural features which are identified in the accompanying key. Among them are Rosmanagher, Bunratty, Cappagh castle, Sixmilebridge, the Sixmilebridge river, i.e. the Owenogarney or Ratty river, and the wood of the Oil Mills at Ballintlea.
The castle drawn by Dineley was earlier known as ‘Ballyrella (or Ballyarrila) but neither builder nor date is known for certain’ (Guinness and Ryan 1971, 55). It was destroyed c. 1735 and replaced by a mansion-house designed by John Rothery. The 1648 fireplace was incorporated into the new building. In 1867, Robert O'Brien recorded that there were 'still visible some foundations of the old castle; but most of the stones were worked into the modern mansion-house' (Shirley et al. (eds) 1867, 75).

The Archaeological Survey of Ireland, at, record no. CL052-023----.
Mark Bence Jones, Burke's Guide to the Country Houses. Vol. 1: Ireland (London: Burke’s Peerage, 1978), p. 214.
Desmond Guinness and William Ryan, Irish Houses and Castles (New York: Crescent Books/Thames & Hudson, 1971), pp. 55-56.
Landed Estates database, NUI Galway, at, Mount Ievers. Accessed 14.1.2018.
William Gerrard Ryan, A survey of monuments of archaeological and historical interest in the barony of Bunratty Lower, Co. Clare (M.A. thesis, University College Cork, 1980), at Accessed 1.11.2014.
Evelyn Philip Shirley et al. (eds), ‘Extracts from the Journal of Thomas Dineley, Esquire’, Journal of the Kilkenny and South-East of Ireland Archaeological Society, vol. 6, 2nd series (1867).

Inscribed in Image

  • Caption within boundaries of image – MOUNT IVERS Castle Belonging to Henry Ivers Esqr
  • Text within boundaries of image – A. Rosmonoher. B. Bunratty. C. Cappar castle D. Six mile bridge Town. E. The six mile bridge river.
  • Text outside of boundaries of image – F. The wood of the Oyl mills.

Image Details

Genre Landscape
Technique Collages, Pen and ink drawings
Subject(s) Antiquities and archaeological sites, Architecture, Forts and fortifications
Geographical Location
  • Mount Ivers/Ievers Castle/Court - Named locality
  • Clare - County
  • Munster - Province
Keywords(s) Archaeological sites, Birds, Bridges, Buildings, Castles, Estates, Hills, Rivers, Steeples, Trees, Windows
Colour Handcoloured
Dimensions 11 cm x 10 cm
Published / created 1681
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Bibliographical Details

Travel Account Observations in a Voyage through the Kingdom of Ireland
Print or manuscript Manuscript
Location of image in copy p. 152
Source copy National Library of Ireland MS 392
Rights Courtesy of the National Library of Ireland

Related text from travel account

Gentlemens Seats Castles and Places neer this Town These following are within a quarter of mile.
That Castle belonging to Henry Ivers Esqr well scituate and capable of very considerable improvement. a draught whereof I took on the other side this leafe It is five miles and 3 quarters distant from Limerick.
The Gentleman owner hereof came over (a young man clerke to one Mr Fowles a Barrister) since the Kings Restoration and hath in this time by his Industry accquired One Thousand pounds a yeer. The first and chiefest of his rise was occasioned by being concerned in the Revenue as Clerk to the Kings Commissioners for settling the Quit Rents. and afterwards became their Deputy receiver is now in Commission one of his Maties Justices of the Peace not worth less than sixteen hundred pounds a year. [p. 151]
Mount Ivers Castle