Waterford Castle

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Waterford Castle

Coordinates: 52°15′11″N 7°03′25″W / 52.253°N 7.057°W / 52.253; -7.057 Waterford Castle is an historic house on Little Island in Waterford, Ireland. The house was owned by a branch of the Fitzgerald family for hundreds of years, but was developed into a hotel in the 1980s.

Earlier castle[edit]

Little Island Ferry

The original Fitzgerald castle was probably a tower-house or fortified house and was described as a square building with battlements erected in the 16th century, with a pointed doorway and a window flanked by a stone head.[1] The branch of the Fitzgerald family that owned Waterford Castle were the descendants of Patrick Fitzgerald, son of the de jure 6th Earl of Kildare.[2]

Current house[edit]

The current castle is a Gothic-style house built in 1895 for Gerald Purcell-Fitzgerald (1865-1946)[3] which incorporates the fabric of an earlier (pre-1845) house, and parts of the medieval (pre-1645) tower-house. The designs were prepared by Romayne Walker and supervised by Albert Murrary (1849 - 1924). The construction is in unrefined rubble stone with fine cut-stone quoins and window frames and topped with Irish-style battlements.[4]

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