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Benbulben – “The Guardian of Classiebawn”


Classiebawn, Mullaghmore, County Sligo, Ireland

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Classiebawn, Mullaghmore, County Sligo, Ireland

My previous post shows ‘Classiebawn Castle’ from the opposite view. A few folk have asked on the more traditional view with ‘Benbulbin mountain’ in the backdrop, well here is that iconic view we all know so well. I’ve captured this angle many times before, yet it looks so different on each visit depending on the light or clouds. However, when it is snowing it looks almost completely different to anything across Ireland! If it weren’t for these traditional stone walls & lush green rolling hills, one could excuse this snow-capped mountain & castle to be a scene captured in ‘Bavaria’ or further afield. We are blessed to have such a variety of beauty right here in good auld Ireland.

Classiebawn Castle is a Baronial style country house completed for Viscount Palmerston in 1874 on what was formerly a 10,000 acre estate. This estate of land in Sligo, Ireland once belonged to the Irish but was confiscated by the English Parliament over 400 years ago. During the Irish Rebellion in 1916 the Castle was commandeered and used as a barracks for the Free State Irish Army, who flew their flags there and protected the Castle from damage throughout the Rebellion. After the Rebellion ended the Castle was handed back intact to its English landlord ‘Lord Mount Temple’ However 7,000 acres of its surrounding agricultural land was reclaimed by the local Irish.

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