Malahide Castle

6 Nov

 

Last weekend I had the opportunity to visit Malahide Castle in County Dublin. Just nine miles north of the city, Malahide Castle is located in the village of Malahide about a thirty minute bus ride from the city. This castle began construction as early as the twelfth century and was continuously added to by its residents throughout the years. The residents in this castle from the time it was erected in 1185 century were the Talbot family for close to eight hundred years. The only time the castle was not in the possession of the Talbot family between 1185 and 1975 were the years from 1649 to 1660 during the rule of Oliver Cromwell. Cromwell gave the estate to Miles Corbet—a British politician who was the last one to sign the death warrant of King Charles I of England. After the demise of Cromwell; however, King Charles II was put into power and the estate was given back to the Talbots.

Malahide Castle has been right in the middle of Irish history for centuries. Part of the tour of the castle took us to the Great Hall (or more simply the dining room). The guide told us a story of how during the Battle of the Boyne, fourteen Talbot men sat down to breakfast and by nightfall all but one had died. Despite being Catholic until 1774—before the family converted to Protestantism—they avoided any negative repercussions from the Penal Laws. This might be because the first Talbot who came to Ireland—and traveled with the English King—in 1770 was Richard Talbot—a British knight.

In 1975, Lord Milo Talbot died and left the estate to his sister, Lady Rose Talbot. Unfortunately, Rose was unable to financially afford to maintain and keep Malahide Castle. Additionally, she could not afford the inheritance fees and needed the capital from the sale of the castle to pay her debts. It was then sold to the government of Ireland and opened to the public as a museum. After this, Rose moved to Tasmania and remained there until her death 2009.

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Additional Sources Used:

http://www.castlesinireland.com/castle-in-dublin-malahide-castle-dublin/

http://www.malahideheritage.com/Malahide%20Castle%20and%20the%20Talbots.htm

http://tintean.org.au/2013/03/05/a-tale-of-two-malahides-ireland-and-australia/

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