Fanning’s Castle, is an old medieval tower house that stands on King’s Island in the historic centre of Limerick. Situated on Mary Street, it is one of Limerick’s must-see tourist attractions. It is indeed the last tower house in the city: although in ruins, it attracts many visitors every day!
Let’s be clear: Fanning’s Castle is nothing exceptional and can be quite disappointing after all. It must be said that its ruins are without charm.
However, the place has a small historical and cultural interest. The building was erected in 1641 on behalf of Dominic Fanning, then former mayor of Limerick. At that time it was 5 storeys high and the walls were made of limestone blocks. Windows on each floor were either mullioned or pointed overlooking Mary Street.
Overall, the building was a fine example of local medieval architecture.
Nowadays, Fanning’s Castle is in poor condition: you can only admire it from the street, a visit through its ruins can be dangerous…
Duration: 10 minutes