Tyntes Castle is the only remaining urban tower house of several that once stood around Youghal. Another (of which no trace remains) was the Magazine. The castle actually has an extension to the East, built sometime in the 19th century. The doorway was protected from above. It may have been used for storing valuable goods and had living accommodation overhead and when it was originally built, would have been quiet close to the quays if not the town walls. Much of the land ‘behind’ the Castle is reclaimed land. The lower windows of the building have been altered while the original windows still remain on the top floor.
Built by the Walshes in the 15th century, they lost control of it during the Desmond Rebellion and possession was transferred to the Corporation. They then leased it to Sir Robert Tynte, from whom it derived its name (Tynte went on to marry the widow of the poet Edmund Spencer who wrote the ‘Fairie Queen’, the longest poem in the English language and dedicated to Queen Elizabeth). Tynte is buried at Kilcredan and his tomb resembles that of Sir Richard Boyle’s tomb in St. Mary’s Collegiate Church.
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