Let me start by saying that I’m perfectly aware it doesn’t make much sense to start the tale of my weekend away from the last day, but as today I’m in the mood of sharing photos of ruined castles, here it is… Ferns Castle.

Driving through slashing rain back to Dublin from County Cork, we stopped in Ferns to stretch our legs. We literally had only five minutes of sunshine (oh, the wind in this part of the world can do wonders!) and we had to climb over a surrounding wall as the visitor centre is closed in winter, but I do believe we couldn’t have chosen a better place to take a break.

Ferns Castle

Ferns Castle, County Wexford

Ferns Castle, Tower

Once upon a time Ferns Castle – built in the 13th century, possibly by William, Earl Marshall – formed a square, with large corner towers. Although only half of the castle now remains, the most complete tower contains a fine circular chapel, several original fireplaces and a vaulted basement, which I didn’t visit because, as I said, the castle was closed to visitors. The castle walls and the surrounding rock-cut ditch are long gone. Can you imagine me going over those?

Camera: Hasselblad 500 C/M
Film: Kodak Portra 160
Location: Ferns, Co. Wexford

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  • Alice

    February 22, 2014 at 8:56 am | Reply

    La prima foto, con la torre a metà, è spettacolare :D

  • Polly Balitro

    February 22, 2014 at 3:26 pm | Reply

    Glorious! Magnificent photos, Antonella!

  • Baol

    February 22, 2014 at 6:32 pm | Reply

    Deve essere un posto con molto fascino

    • Antonella Guarracino

      February 22, 2014 at 8:46 pm | Reply

      Si, lo era. Peccato non essere potuta entrare a visitare la cappella. Devo assolutamente ritornarci!

  • Katie

    February 23, 2014 at 6:48 pm | Reply

    Half a castle! It boggles my mind that it stands there still.. in half! :D

    • Antonella Guarracino

      February 23, 2014 at 7:42 pm | Reply

      And what about the fact that it’s possible to visit part of it? Thanks for stopping by, Katie. I’m still reading your posts and enjoying your photos, although I seldom leave comments these days.

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