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We have posted our first preliminary castle design. It is based roughly on the 17th century Derrhiveny Castle in Galway, Ireland.

A short description follows(I would credit its source, but I only saved the text and not which website I found it on. If you are the author, please email me and I will include the proper credit.

The castle is believed to be one of the last true castle (as distinct from fortified houses) built in Ireland. It is also the last and one of the finest of the O’Madden castles. From an inscription “ D:O M: ME: FIERI FECIT: 1643 ” we know that it was built in 1643, probably by Daniel O’Madden. The well preserved tower house has fine chimneys, windows, door-cases and battlements; surrounded by an L-shaped bawn with two small flanking towers on the corners. It is one of the best preserved of the 17th Century towerhouses in Ireland. It is interesting to note that Derryhiveny castle was built after Portumna Castle, a time when houses were less fortified and the tower houses were becoming obsolete. Of all the O’Madden castles this is the only one which is a national monument.

Our Castle Design can be found here. It is not an exact replica of the Derrhiveny, just an adaptation of it. This is a defensible castle with diagonally placed turrets that allow for defense of all four castle walls. We see this as probably a four story castle with turrets, a gate, stables, courtyard, and of course, a keep. It is somewhat compact and can be built in a modular style as time and funds permit. We will enhance this design and add to it in the near future so to have a full set of dimensioned plans ready for an architects review and an engineer's structural review, and for your review as well. Comments are welcome. When we finish this design, a planning set will probably be available for purchase.

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Our goal is to build a castle of our own someday. We hope to chart the progress of that undertaking on this site as well as share our successes and failures. We estimate this project to take at least 20 years from design, to purchasing the property, to finishing the construction. Somewhere in there is raising the funds necessary to complete construction. If you would like to get more details of our castle construction plans, please choose the shield to the left that says 'Our Castle Dream'. We are working on a set of preliminary plans at the moment. We hope to incorporate the expertise of an architect before we finalize any design.

If you are currently planning to build a castle or are currently building a castle, please email us and we would like to include your progress in our website. We would like to see some pictures of your castle or look at you plans. We think that with the uncertainty of the current world, many people will be building more and more fortified structures in the coming years. We hope to help those considering such structures with their plans.

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