Caisleán Coillearnach Ruadh
Coat of Arms of the
Inscription above the entrance showing dates of occupancy
A modest entrance
A druid admires !
The other day we took a detour off our normal route to visit Redwood Castle [Caisleán Coillearnach Ruadh] on northwestern edge of County Tipperary, near Lorrha and situated about 1.5 miles/ 2.4 km from the banks of the River Shannon.
The reason for the visit was because of my interest in the Irish Celts. The family/clan who lived in Redwood Castle were the Mac Egans, the hereditary Brehons of Connaught.
One of my great grandmothers was a member of the O’Doran family who were also Brehons.
The O’Dorans were one of the seven septs of County Laois, the others being O' Devoy, O'Dowling, McEvoy, O'Kelly, O'Lalor and O'Moore, and together they were known as "The great Brehon families of Leinster".
The word "brehon" refers to the Gaelic legal system in force before the Norman Invasion of 1170.
For more information on Redwood Castle and the Brehons please visit the link -
Do you have ancient family connections with Ireland ?