“In the centre of the vale beneath me, was the tall, castellated tower; an extensive marshy meadow lay beyond it, bounded by the steep rocky hills of Mullaugh-Nesha, and its peaked brethren. ” Philip Dixon Hardy (1834).
Castle Donovan (Irish: Caisleán Uí Dhonnabháin) or Castledonovan or O’Donovan’s Castle refer to the remains of an Irish tower house or túrtheach, in a valley near Drimoleague, of medium size which was the so-called “seat” of the Clann Cathail sept of the O’Donovans for a period during the 16th century.
The original name of the castle, and when the O’Donovans were actually living in it, wasSowagh (or Sooagh, Suagh) before the 17th century.
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