Cloghan Castle, Lusmagh

The property of Colonel Graves, was originally a stronghold of O’Madden. It is thought to be one of the oldest inhabitable castles in Ireland, and was erected in the time of King John. Some military importance was attached to this castle in 1595, when Sir William Russell, Lord Deputy, captured it, throwing the defenders over the walls, and thus executing them. When excavations were being made in front of the castle, which now displays a nice tennis court, bones and cannon shot were discovered.

The castle and its lands were granted in the reign of Charles II. to Garrett Moore, descended from Rory Oge O’Moore, the chief of ancient Leix. One of his descendants married Margaret, daughter of the sixth Earl of Clanricarde. At Meelick, in the Moore family burial place, there is a slab stating:

“Here lies Sir John More my grandfather who died in the month of May, 1631. Also here lies Dame Margaret More otherwise De Burgo, my wife, who died in the month of February 1671, daughter of Richard, Earl of Clanricarde, in whose memory I Garrett More, Colonel in the King’s Army and faithful to the last, have caused to be constructed the tomb in which others of my family are also interred.”