Dovehill Castle is a 14 century Tower or Keep located about three miles west of Carrick-on-Suir. It was apparently owned by Connell O’More in 1348. Connell was a stern overlord apparently but fair in his dealings. He was unmarried and legend has it that he wanted to take a wife and his choice was Evelyn de Lacy, the beautiful daughter of a Norman Lord. Sadly Evelyn was in love with another and wanted Fergus Fitzgerald as her husband not Connell. This left Connell a bitter man and he swore vengeance on Fergus. Evelyn’s father hoped that she would marry the wealthy Connell and he sent him to visit her at the Convent of St. Bridgid. Connell, legend has it, found the lovers in the Chapel praying and called Fergus to a duel. Fergus was unarmed and Connell drove his blade through Fergus’s heart shouting “she shall be neither yours nor mine”. Fleeing in guilt Connell spent years abroad on pilgrammages to the Holy Land attempting to overcome his guilt. As a constant reminder to himself he wore a scarlet gauntlet on his right hand as a sign of his sin. We do not know what became of Evelyn but more than likely she entered the Convent to spend her remaining days.
The Castle of Dovehill still stands, though now a ruin, on the banks of the Suir in the valley of Slievenamon a few kilometers from Clonmel. Now virtually over run with ivy this old 12th century tower sits in the middle of a cow field just across the road from Dove Hill Shopping centre. The ruin is located on what is believed to have once been a large medieval site. The Castle is characteristic of the many fortified tower houses that King Henry VI had built by his knights for a grant of ten pounds to help secure his presence in Ireland.
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Interior stairwell of Dovehill
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