Ballyhannon Castle and the Cliffs of Moher

Posted: July 27, 2012 in Ireland

We had been doing a little more research on the Hannan family.  Not far from Limerick is a small town called Adare, it has a heritage center there where you can do a search in their database for your family name.  They have information on what areas the name had been recorded in and details of family crests, coat of arms and what it all means.

We also found that just out the road from Limerick was a castle built by the Hannan’s.  It was in an area called Ballyhannon.  From what we could find out it was now owned by another family who had renovated it into a guesthouse.  We drove out to have a look.  When we got there, we found no one around, Neil went to the neighbors and they said that there was no one there at the moment and the owners did not live there either.  The gates were open and they said just go in and take any photos you like.

 Ballyhannon Castle.

It was mainly a large tower with a couple of other buildings around the base.  There was originally about 500 acres but was now down to just a few.  The old stone walls and fences still stood around the original property acting as live stock fencing for the surrounding farms.  It was pretty cool to see.  We had lunch in the town and saw evidence of Hannon’s everywhere.

 The gate to the castle.

Neil sitting outside the castle entrance.

Ballyhannon Castle.

After lunch we moved on, going to the coast, to the cliffs of Moher.  This was again a huge tourist attraction but well worth seeing.  The cliffs rise up high above the ocean; there is a walking track along the top with a large stone tower called O’Brians look out.  We walked around for about an hour from 1 end of the cliffs to the other taking heaps of photos along the way.

Shaun playing the harp at the Cliffs of Moher.

Cliffs of Moher.

The Cliffs of Moher.

Tina at the cliffs entrance.

It was a good day – interesting to find a bit of information of where our distant relations may have come from…

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