Parkes Castle

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Five Mile Bourne, Leitrim,

Parkes Castle was once an important stronghold of the local O’Rourke family, rulers of Breffni. It has been recently restored to its original 17th-century style and is situated on the shores of Lough Gill, 11km from Sligo on the R286.

This 17th-century fortified manor house was originally the stronghold of the O'Rourke Clan, rulers of the kingdom of Breffni. It has been beautifully restored using Irish oak and traditional craftsmanship.

The courtyard contains the foundations and features of an earlier defensive structure, while another remnant of a bygone age is a traditional blacksmith forge of 17th-century style.

It is open to the public from 28 March until 2 October and the average length of a visit is one hour. There is access for disabled users on the ground floor and other facilities include a car and coach park and toilets. Last admission is 45 minutes before closing.