Gormanston Castle is situated near the mouth of the River Delvin, close to the border of County Meath and County Dublin, about 15km south of Drogheda and about 30 km north of Dublin. And, well… about 4km from my doorstep but it took me over 2 years to finally make my way there.
Gormanston Castle was the seat of the Preston family (the Viscount Gormanston) from the 14th century until it was sold to the Franciscan Order of Friars in the late 1940s. The Franciscans established a boarding school for boys, known as Gormanston College, on the grounds in 1950s.
The castle in the photograph was built on the site of an earlier castle around 1786.