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Minard Castle

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Minard Castle is situated on a piece of land stretching out into the sea in the parish of Minard, near Lispole.This marvelous ruin sits upon a little hill overlooking a magificent beach & bay, with a gurgling brook running just below the hill. A considerable portion of the castle remains. Walter Hussey, a Norman who settled in Dingle, had a garrison there in 1641. Colonels Lehunt and Sadler beseiged the castle. The castle defenders, being short of ammunition, were forced to use pewter bullets. As soon as the besiegers noticed this, they approached the castle by stealth, placed a charge under it, and blew up a great section and then killed all the occupants. It is interesting to note that the beach near the castle is a natural storm beach, the boulders being thrown up by the sea during storms

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