Images of 35 Irish castles at the turn of the last century

This beautiful collection of cigarette cards depicts 35 Irish castles at the beginning of the last century. They were produced by Mcnaughton and Jenkins, a Dublin based tobacco company who operated during the early 1900s. The cards were issued with the ‘Kerry Blue’ brand of cigarettes and were intended as collectables, to encourage further purchases.  The artist who painted the images is not named but a small number of the cards are initialled J. W. C. It’s possibly that this stands for Joseph William Carey, an artist who was active during this period and whose work is of similar style.

The castle names were left blank on the original cards and instead the company offered a prize to anyone who could identify them all. As a result there are a number of castles below whose location I am unsure of. If you know any the missing castle names please leave a comment at bottom. Thanks!

the Rock of Cashel

1 The Rock of Cashel, Co. Tipperary

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2. Blarney Castle, Co. Cork 

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3 Lismore Castle, Waterford 

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4 Johnstown Castle, Wexford

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5 Carlingford Castle, Louth

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6 Ballygally Castle, Antrim

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7 Askeaton castle, Limerick

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8. Kilkenny Castle, Kilkenny

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9. Menlo Castle, Galway

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10. Trim Castle, Meath

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11. Doe Castle, Co. Donegal

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12 Enniscorthy Castle, Wexford

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13 Narrow Water, Down

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14 King John’s Castle, Limerick

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15 Carrickfergus Castle, Antrim

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16 Dunluce Castle, Antrim

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17 Shane’s Castle, Co. Antrim 

adare castle limerick

18. Adare Castle, Limerick

Blackrock castle cork

19 Blackrock Castle, Cork

Castle roache

20 Castle Roche, Louth

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21 The Rock of Dunamase, Laois? 

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22. Castle location uncertain

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23 Carrigadrohid Castle, Cork

malahide castle

24 Malahide Castle, Dublin

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25. Castle location uncertain

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26. Donegal Castle, Donegal

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27. Benburb Castle, Tyrone

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28. Ross Island Castle, Kerry

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29. Glenveagh castle, Co. Donegal

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30.  Dunservick Castle, Antrim

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31 Kylemore Abbey, Galway

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32. Possibly Cahir Castle, Tipperary

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33. Greencastle, Donegal

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34. Castle location uncertain

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35 Oranmore Castle, Galway



Images are public domain and via New York Public Library 

17 thoughts on “Images of 35 Irish castles at the turn of the last century

  1. I think number 27 is Benburb castle from the Armagh side of ths river Blackwater,looking across at Tyrone.

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