[Askeiton Castle]

Artist(s) : Thomas Dineley (Draughtsman)

View of Desmond Castle in the town of Askeaton, Co. Limerick, looking from west to east. The castle complex, composed of towers, gabled buildings and a garden, occupies an island in the River Deele. Its entrance is from a long bridge which crosses the river to its left or northern side. Beyond it are a church and an abbey with steeples. On the near bank, two fragments of printed plate pasted on the drawing represent horses and a troop of soldiers with lances. The soldiers are partly hand-coloured. Other features include a scaffold on the same bank and a small boat resembling a coracle moored in the river. The cardinal points are indicated by a compass rose within the image.
It has been noted that this image is copied from Sir Thomas Stafford's Pacata Hibernia (1633). What appears to be a fumarole on the tower house is a rare depiction of such a feature.

Archaeological Survey of Ireland, at http://webgis.archaeology.ie/historicenvironment/, record nos LI011-092001-, LI011-092002- ND LI011-092003-. Accessed 14.1.2018.
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), p. 79.

Inscribed in Image

  • Text within boundaries of image – ye abey / Askeiton Castle / River of Deele

Image Details

Genre Landscape
Technique Collages, Engravings, Pen and ink drawings
Subject(s) Antiquities and archaeological sites, Architecture, Cities and towns, Forts and fortifications
Geographical Location
  • Desmond Castle, Askeaton - Castle
  • Askeaton - Town or city
  • Limerick - County
  • Munster - Province
Keywords(s) Archaeological sites, Birds, Boats, Bridges, Buildings, Castles, Churches, Gallows, Horses, Islands, Men, People, Rivers, Soldiers, Steeples, Towers, Trees
Colour Handcoloured
Dimensions 10.4 cm x 10.6 cm
Published / created 1681

Bibliographical Details

Travel Account Observations in a Voyage through the Kingdom of Ireland
Print or manuscript Manuscript
Location of image in copy p. 161
Source copy National Library of Ireland MS 392
Rights Courtesy of the National Library of Ireland

Related text from travel account

Anno 1600 June 5.
This castle was gained from the Rebells by 500 men under the command of Sr Francis Berkley, which forces of Queen Elizab. were sent from Limerick thither by water.
Aug. 23. the same yeer
The Rt Honble the Earle of Thomond then, was intreated by the Lord president of Munster Carew to command this Garrison of Askeiton both to check such Rebells as should lurk in the woods, and to preserve [p. 162] the goods of those that became honest subjects of the Queen. for it was the custome of the Irish, then, that had they lost but a few cattle, they would have reckon’d it a sufficient cause for Rebellion against their liege Princess whom they generally hated. [pp. 161-162]
Askeiton Castle