We drove to the nearest grocery store today for coffee and what did we find? Another castle. Everywhere you go around this area you find more and more interesting attractions. Today’s find was in the cool town of Fethard-on-Sea. Fethard-on-Sea was originally called Fethard but the name was changed following drownings at sea when the lifeboat Helen Blake capsized in 1914 on a service mission to the schooner Mexico off the Keeragh Islands. Nine of the lifeboat crew were drowned and five survived. I took a picture of the memorial in town, but the sun was right in the eyes, I am adding the best one I got.
There was an outpouring of sympathy for the village and money came in from around the world, however, a lot of it ended up in Fethard, County Tipperary, so the name of the Fethard in Wexford was changed to distinguish it. It is a cool town with lots of shops and a couple of pubs and the awesome Fethard Castle. Here is a paste below showing what I found out about it. There is also a neat church and cemetery next door to the castle. I will let the pictures tell the rest of the story, check back later for more from Ireland.
Fethard, County Wexford, Ireland
Fethard Castle is situated in the seaside resort of Fethard, the main town on the Hook Head peninsula in County Wexford.
Fethard Castle is a ruined L-shaped fortified house, with a prominent four story round tower at the outer corner of the "L".
The castle grounds are open to the public and can be entered without charge. It is possible to walk around the castle but entry to the ruins is not permitted.
The borough of Fethard was granted to Hervey de Montmorency after the Normans arrived in Ireland in 1169. He gave the land to Christ Church Canterbury who built a castle on the site of motte and bailey construction. The mound of the motte is still visible. The stone castle now on the site was built on the site in the 15th century, probably by the Bishop of Ferns.
Fethard passed to the Loftus family in the 17th century, before the family moved to nearby Loftus Hall. The castle was then occupied by tenants of the Loftus estate, and underwent several modifications before being abandoned in 1922. The castle has since fallen into ruin.