Tully Castle was built for Sir John Hume, a Scottish planter. During the Irish Rebellion of 1641, Rory Maguire set out to recapture his family’s lands. He arrived at Tully Castle with a large following on Christmas Eve, and found the castle full of women and children. Most of the men were away. Lady Mary Hume surrendered the Castle, believing that she had assured a safe conduct for all in her care, but on Christmas Day the Maguires killed 60 women and children and 15 men, sparing only the Humes. The castle was burnt and the Humes never went back.



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Blaney, United Kingdom
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Founded: c. 1610
Category: Castles and fortifications in United Kingdom

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Alan Briggs (8 months ago)
We visited on a Sunday, which appears to be the only day the cottage museum is open, was worth getting inside to find out a lot of history of the castle. Lovely walk around the lough shore as well. Around 1.2miles circuit in a good gravel path.
Austell Henderson (8 months ago)
Tully Castle was built in 1610 and was taken over on Christmas eve 1941, by Rebels. They told the people in the Castle that if they surrendered and give up their arm,, then they could walk free. Instead they locked them up in the basement.. The following day which was Christmas Day they killed 10 men and about 60 women and children, then set Fire to the Castle. The Castle has been empty ever since. Today It is a very good ruin, but there is no access inside when I was there, as it had a locked steel gate. There are metal stairs inside that would take you to the first floor, so there might be certain times of the year when they might open it up to the public. There's a few information panels that tell you the history and near by is a small cottage that is used as a information centre, but wasn't open either on the both times that I've been here. There's a circular path that runs from the castle and cottage that runs along lough erne. It is a loose gravel path that would be suitable for prams, but not sure about a heavy person in a wheel chair. Disable parking next to the cottage. The road to here from the main road is pretty narrow in places and is about half a mile long. No height restriction, Free 24 hour access, picnic tables, rubbish bins and I think there where public toilets at one time but may no longer be open.
Sinead Garry (11 months ago)
I understand the walks are supposed to be nice and we didn't indulge that as it was chucking it down and very windy. I appreciate that the building is a ruin (still impressive) but I think it could do with more context and interpretation boards giving a bit more of the history: who lived there across the ages, when and why it fell into disrepair, who the land was taken from when plantation occurred etc. What was everyday life like for the people who lived there? Although it was effectively a fortress it was also a home
Katarzyna Pajęcka (12 months ago)
Beautiful very peaceful and quiet place. Good for summer picnic as tables are provided.
Nigel Corry (2 years ago)
Ruins built in 1200's - not much there not far off main road down narrow lanes reasonable parking few bits to read.
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