One of my friends claims that County Westmeath is the most boring county in Ireland – no hills to hike and no historical places to visit. Well, it’s true that the county is flat as a pancake but there are places in Westmeath that may be worth a short visit.

Delvin Castle (or Nugent Castle) was built around 1181 by Hugh de Lacy, Lord of Meath for his brother-in-law, Gilbert de Nugent. Originally the castle consisted of a rectangular block containing the main residential area, with cylindrical towers to protect its corners. This design may have been copied from some castles in western France, an area under Norman control.

A Norman church, St. Mary’s church, was built beside the castle to facilitate the worship of the castle’s inhabitants around the 13th century.


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