History & Heritage
Historical tours given in an entertaining, enthusiastic and above all knowledgeable fashion by the owner, Patrick Nordstrom, can be arranged for individuals and groups of all sizes as there is an abundance of features on the grounds to fascinate all those who appreciate Irish Heritage. Blackwater Castle itself dates from the Twelfth Century however there are archaeological features predating the erection of the existing buildings for you to explore around the grounds. The history of the Castle extends back some thousands of years as the site was first occupied during the Early Mesolithic period (circa 7,000 BC). There is also evidence of occupation of the site during the Iron Age (c. 500 BC) when the fort of Dún Cruadha was established on the current site of Blackwater Castle. Click on our HISTORY section for a summary of our history along with a more detailed analysis of that history with relevant links. Our HERITAGE section also itemises the depth of the heritage for you to explore on site at what is surely one of Ireland’s most significant historical sites while there is much to explore in the 18th Century village of Castletownroche which still retains much of its character and contains many listed buildings of historic importance. Historical tours given in an entertaining, enthusiastic and above all knowledgeable fashion by the owner, Patrick Nordstrom, can be arranged for individuals and groups and we especially welcome school tours – click our HISTORY SCHOOL TOUR link for more information on how students can explore all eras of Irish history at this one remarkable site.
Some images below from the historic village of Castletownroche, a Village of Tradition.