Fanning's Castle

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Fanning's Castle
Limerick, Ireland
Limerick, Fanning's Castle (2).jpg
Fanning's Castle is located in Ireland
Fanning's Castle
Fanning's Castle
Coordinates52°40′02″N 8°37′19″W / 52.667276°N 8.622053°W / 52.667276; -8.622053
Typetower house
Site history
Builtc. 1641
Built byDominic Fanning

Fanning's Castle (Irish: Caisleán Uí Fhionáin), also called Whitamore's Castle,[1] is the remains of a tower house and National Monument[2][3] located in Limerick, Ireland.[4]


Fanning's Castle is located off Creagh Lane and Mary Street, opposite the tholsel,[5] on King's Island.[6][7]


Fanning's Castle was built c. 1641 by Mayor of Limerick Dominic Fanning.[8]


The walls of the tower house are of roughly squared limestone blocks of varying sizes. It was originally five storeys high, but only four storeys are now visible above ground level.[9] The windows show ogee and mullions.[10]

The tower house incorporated a turret staircase and battlements.[11]


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  5. ^ Wiggins, Kenneth (1 January 2001). "Anatomy of a Siege: King John's Castle, Limerick, 1642". Boydell & Brewer – via Google Books.
  6. ^ Killanin, Baron Michael Morris; Duignan, Michael V. (1 January 1989). "The Shell guide to Ireland". Gill and Macmillan – via Google Books.
  7. ^ Spellissy, Séan (1 December 1998). "The history of Limerick City". Celtic Bookshop – via Google Books.
  8. ^ "Great Britain and Ireland, a Phaidon Cultural Guide". Prentice-Hall. 1 January 1985 – via Google Books.
  9. ^ "Fanning's Castle - CSISWiki".
  10. ^ "Fannings Castle Limerick". 31 October 2012.
  11. ^ "Fannings Castle located in Mary Street, Limerick city, Ireland". 17 May 2012.