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Cullen Castle

Cuileann Ui Chaoimh: O'Keeffe's Corner

A Statement in Cronnelly's Irish Family History,issued last century says that the O'Keeffes had castellated mansions at Cullen as well as at Ahane and Ballymaquirk. This statement has been accepted by other writers since then, who also msntion their principal castle at Dromagh, and the others at Drominagh and Duarrigle. I visited Padraig O hlochadha and his brother near Cullen, both very knowledgeable on the district. They were of the opinion that it is unlikely that there was ever a separate castle at Cullen, apart from Ahane, which is reasonably near. They fell Cronnelly may have meant Duarigle.


Cornelius Oge O'Keeffe of Cullen was attainted in 1641 (the parish might of course have been meant) and the Petty Map immediately after that period does show a large building which appears to be either a castle or a castellated mansion. In an inquisition of 1638 Cullen is listed among the lands of Art O'Keeffe. (1)

(1) The Castles of County Cork With 72 line drawings and 10 maps by the author James N. Healy Copyright © 1988 by James N. Healy, p. 324.
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