Rallahine Castle

Artist(s) : Thomas Dineley (Draughtsman)

Ink wash drawing of Rathlaheen Castle, near Newmarket-on-Fergus, Co. Clare. A tower house and adjacent building are surrounded by a wall that appear to be breached opposite the main door of the castle. There are trees in the background. Another building with an ornate entrance stands just outside the wall, to the right of the castle. A variety of figures add animation to the landscape. In the foreground, on the left, a pasted fragment of printed plate represents women dancing in a circle. On the right, a couple stand with their backs to the viewer. Another two figures are seen further away, on the left; one of them is gesturing towards the castle. A horseman is passing nearby, and a crouching figure in the centre of the image has just fired a gun. A dog resembling a greyhound looks on. A shooting star or comet is seen in the sky near the top of the tower. The image is bounded by an octagonal frame.
The comet is the subject of a separate sketch and description by Dineley (see 'The Blazing Starr'). Rathlaheen appears variously as Ratholahin, Rathlagheen, Ralahine, Rathlathin, Rathlahine and Ralahin. Its Irish name is Ráth Fhlaithín (Logainm) rather than Ráth an Lochán as has been suggested.

The Archaeological Survey of Ireland, at http://webgis.archaeology.ie/historicenvironment/, record no. CL051-040----. Accessed 15.1.2018.
Logainm, Dublin City University, at https://www.logainm.ie/. Accessed 15.1.2018.
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, new series, vol. 6, no. 1 (1867), pp. 82-83.

Inscribed in Image

  • Caption within boundaries of image – Rallahine Castle

Image Details

Genre Landscape
Technique Collages, Engravings, Wash drawings
Subject(s) Antiquities and archaeological sites, Architecture, Forts and fortifications, Rural life
Geographical Location
  • Rathlaheen Castle - Castle
  • Newmarket-on-Fergus - Town or city
  • Clare - County
  • Munster - Province
Keywords(s) Archaeological sites, Birds, Buildings, Castles, Comets, Dogs, Firearms, Gates, Hats, Horses, Houses, Hunting, Lands, Men, People, Soldiers, Sports & recreation, Towers, Trees, Women
Colour Handcoloured
Dimensions 11.2 cm x 11.2 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. 167
Source copy National Library of Ireland MS 392
Rights Courtesy of the National Library of Ireland

Related text from travel account

Rathlahine Castle An Ancient Castle built by John Macnamarra Esqr it is founded upon and among Rocks It bilonged since to Sr William King Gouvernor of Limerick, and is now in the Hands of Giles Vanderlure Esqr who hath built unto it the fairest stable of the County. [p. 167]
Rallahine Castle