The Castle of Mang

Artist(s) : Thomas Dineley (Draughtsman)

View of the Castle of Mang [Castlemaine], depicted as a fortress and bridge supported by large arches spanning the river Mang [Maine]. Bog and woods lie to either side, and on the right is pasted a fragment of printed plate depicting a battle scene. The cardinal points are indicated by a compass rose within the image.

This image is copied from Sir Thomas Stafford’s Pacata Hibernia (1633). A similar pen and ink drawing from c. 1572 showing the seige of Castlemaine by Sir John Perrott has been published by Michael Swift (1999). The castle was demolished by the Cromwellians in 1652. Until relatively recently, traces of the structure could be seen close to the present bridge, on the seaward side.

Archaeological Survey of Ireland, at, record no. KE047-038----. Accessed 3.1.2018.
T.J. Barrington, Discovering Kerry, its history, heritage and topography (Dublin: Blackwater Press, 1976), p. 226.
Evelyn Philip Shirley, et al., ‘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. 181.
Michael Swift, Historical maps of Ireland (Edison, NJ: Chartwell Books, 1999), p. 29.

Inscribed in Image

  • Caption within boundaries of image – The Castle of Mang
  • Text within boundaries of image – Bogg / Bogg / Bogg / River of Mang

Image Details

Genre Landscape
Technique Collages, Engravings, Pen and ink drawings
Subject(s) Antiquities and archaeological sites, Architecture, Forts and fortifications
Geographical Location
  • Castle of Mang - Castle - i.e. Castlemaine
  • Kerry - County
  • Munster - Province
Keywords(s) Archaeological sites, Bridges, Buildings, Castles, Rivers, Towers, Trees, Wetlands
Colour Handcoloured
Dimensions 10.9 cm x 11 cm
Published / created 1680 - 1681

Bibliographical Details

Travel Account Observations in a Voyage through the Kingdom of Ireland
Print or manuscript Manuscript
Location of image in copy p. 188
Source copy National Library of Ireland MS 392
Rights Courtesy of the National Library of Ireland

Related text from travel account

CASTLE-MAINE in Connolough anno 1600 in the Reigne of Queen Elizabeth being inhabited by a Rebell and whose ruines are seen at this day was taken by Sr Francis Berkley & in it store of booty, this is not far off from the Castle of Askeyton which I have toucht off following. Castlemain is an Earldome
[p. 188] The 4th of Novembr 1600 Thomas Oge Fitz Gerald constable of this castle, for James Fitz Thomas, after his submission, delivered it up, unto the young Earle of Desmond James lately restor’d in blood and from the Tower of London sent by her Matie into Ireland. [pp. 157, 188]
The Castle of Mang