Donogoroge Castle

Artist(s) : Thomas Dineley (Draughtsman)

View of Doonnagurroge Castle, near Killimer, seen from the north-east, with the estuary of the River Shannon behind it and Co. Kerry in the distance. The castle complex. composed of a tower house and mansarded house, stands within a bawn in a hilly wooded landscape. Four other low buildings lie outside the wall. Two fragments of printed plate pasted in the foreground depict riders with lances, and a tree. Touchs of red have been added to the horsemen. Letters within the image mark major features which are identified in the accompanying key. The broad perspective takes in Glin Castle to the south-east, Burrawn [Burrane], Kilcardane [Kilcredaun] Point and Knock Ray [Rehy Hill] to the west. A very summarily drawn round tower indicates the position of Scattery island. The image is surrounded by an oval frame.

Dun-na-gCorrog, now commonly known as Doonnagurroge, appears under various names including Dunegrock, Dunnagurroge and Dunagurrog. The ‘corróg’ element may originally have referred to the small round hill marked R by Dineley, where there is a rath or ring-fort. The Irish name of the locality.

Archaeological Survey of Ireland, at, records no. CL067-058---- and CL067-068----. Accessed 13.1.2018.
Logainm, at Accessed 14.1.2018.
Patrick Weston Joyce, The origin and history of Irish names of place, vol. 1 (Dublin: McGlashan & Gill, 1871).
Evelyn Philip Shirley, et al., ‘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) (see pp. 184-185).
Risteárd Ua Cróinín & Martin Breen, ‘The Hidden Towers: The Old Ground, Ennistymon and Donogrogue Tower Houses’, The Other Clare, 16 (1992), 5-15.

Inscribed in Image

  • Text within boundaries of image – H / K / A / D / R / S / T / Shanon / Shanon
  • Text outside of boundaries of image – H Donogoroge Castle – belonging to Walter Hickman Esqr / T Glin, Major Fitz-Geralds in the county of Limerick / K County of Kerry / Kilcardane Point / D Knock-Ray an hill so called / S Burrawn Lands belonging to Captn John Cocks.

Image Details

Genre Landscape
Technique Collages, Engravings, Wash drawings
Subject(s) Antiquities and archaeological sites, Architecture, Forts and fortifications
Geographical Location
  • Doonnagurroge Castle - Castle
  • Clare - County
  • Munster - Province
Keywords(s) Archaeological sites, Bays (Bodies of water), Birds, Buildings, Cabins, Castles, Cottages, Hills, Houses, Islands, Mansions, Men, People, Rivers, Round towers, Soldiers, Towers, Trees
Colour Handcoloured
Dimensions 8 cm x 6.3 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. 195
Source copy National Library of Ireland MS 392
Rights Courtesy of the National Library of Ireland

Related text from travel account

From the Hill marked with the letter R about 300 paces from ye castle is the loudest and plainest Eccho that I ever heard, it resounds rather louder than the voice or noyse you utter
GLYN CASTLE marked above with the Letter T is next to be considered and whose state as it was, when it was taken by Sr George Carew under Queen Elizabeth 8 July 1600 I have sett down from another draught on ye other side [p.195]
Donogoroge Castle