The magnificent restored structure of the Desmond Banqueting Hall dominates The Square in my local town, Newcastle West, Co Limerick. I went behind the façade this week and discovered some hidden treasure! There seems to have been a castle in this location since the 11th or 12th century. The restored buildings are 15th century and are the only surviving components of what was an extensive castle complex.
The familiar view from The Square
The Halla Mór (The Big Hall).When we first came to this area over 30 years ago, there was a timber merchants yard in front of this beautiful building. At one time, according to the very knowledgeable guide, the local cinema was located in this building. It is never too late to rediscover our heritage!
If passing near Newcastle West, do drop in – admission is free and the guide is a mine of information!