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.
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