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Ardglass is a beautiful fishing village which overlooks the Irish Sea. Ardglass has been a fishing port for over two thousand years. Today it is the home port of thirty diesel powered vessels and it is a major fish marketing and processing centre. Ardglass now boasts a fabulous marina. Created in 1991 by the Development Association, the marina is now a public limited company: Phennick Cove Developments Ltd.
Ardglass Castle, once the home of the Fitzgeralds, Earls of Kildare, is the clubhouse of the Ardglass Golf Club. This is a great place to have a fine a la carte meal or bar snack and a drink and the course itself is something to be savoured and sampled.
Originally there were seven castles in Ardglass. Now Jordan's Castle, restored by antiquarian QC Francis Joseph Biggar when he bought it in 1911, is the only fortified tower that is more or less complete. In its central position overlooking the harbour it is a fine, fully developed, example of this type of defensive dwelling King's Castle, higher up the hill of Ardglass, was larger than Jordan's, but the present castle there, incorporating some of the stonework of the original, was built by a rich merchant named Russell during the 19th century. It is now a nursing home.