So, you think you know all about the medieval castles in Ireland?
Let’s find out if you do!
Roscommon Castle, County Roscommon, Ireland.
Take our ten question quiz, check for the answers at the very bottom, then learn more from the links provided and rate your results if you like!
1) What is a garderobe?
a) A place to keep your clothesb) A place to do your make upc) A place where you go to the toiletd) A place where you keep your clothes and go to the toilet2) Why do you often see tortoise shells displayed at castles?
a) Because they are prettyb) Because they show visitors to the castle how far you have travelled and how wealthy you arec) Because you’d need them as containers for your precious stuffd) Because tortoise meat was a medieval Sunday dish
3) Why are windows at the medieval castles in Ireland mostly narrow and long and splayed towards the inside?
a) They didn’t have glass so this was an attempt to keep the draft out.b) It was the fashion of the time.c) They were used to shoot arrows through should your castle be under attack.d) They could only build this type of windows because the castle walls were too thick for any other type.4) Take a guess- what is a ballistae?
a) A very large medieval weapon used in the defence of a castleb) The term refers to the robe of an earlc) A medieval balcony where the harper played his tunesd) The pretty up and down structure on the roof of castles
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Take a breather with this beautiful photo of Ballinduff Castle in County Galway.
5) Where in the castles in Ireland did the earl and his family in medieval times? a) They had their own private quarters at the top of the castleb) They slept among their servants and soldiers in a very large hallc) They had a separate building all to themselves while the castle was inhabited mostly by soldiersd) They slept close to the kitchen so they could have midnight feasts6) What is an oubliette? a) A gruesome medieval prisonb) The bathroom of the castlec) A romantic meeting place in the castle gardend) The room in the castle where meals were served, often for large crowd
7) What did the original medieval castles look like? a) Cut-stone, neatly pointed to reveal the masterful stone workb) Plastered and painted whitec) Painted green and brown for camouflaged) Painted white, yellow, orange, or pink8) What roof covering was used in the medieval castles in Ireland?
a) The roof was corballed stoneb) The roof was thatchedc) The roof was slatedd) The roof was covered in wood shingle
9) Which picturesque medieval castle in Ireland served as a meeting
place for the Celtic revival movement in the early 20th century? a) Dublin Castle because it was in the capitalb) Athlone Castle because it was in a central locationc) Bunratty Castle because it was close to the sead) Dunguaire Castle because it was owned by an aficionado10) Name two essential everyday functions that castles needed to accommodate in the bawn. a) A forge and a pigeon towerb) A doctor’s practise and a chapelc) Leather works and a marketd) Metal works and a stone carving workshop
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Total castle buff.
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A few more castle visits and you're in with a chance!
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Castles in Ireland- this is Moynard Castle, County Galway.
See an example here!
Sound strange? Check it out here.
Find out about so called loop windows.
Find out which castle had ballistae!
Find out here how they lived in medieval times, and here how that changed into the Renaissance.
Don't believe me? Find out the gruesome truth here.
See for yourself here!
Hard to believe, isn't it? Find out here how we know.
Read about the picturesque castle here!
See both of these features at Parke's Castle.
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