OS Grid:R 471467
Athenry Heritage Center
Great Halls were usually incorporated into the main tower of the castle, although stronger walls meant that the hall could be a separate building better served by kitchens and servants.
The river-side wall of the castle actually contains the remains of two halls. The older hall is smaler and located on the southwest corner of the castle ground. This hall has a basement and some additiona outbuildings. THe later hall, also build into the south wall of the castle. It has footings for a kitchen and is currently being restored, as you can see above.
There is a Franciscan Friary on the grounds, as well. Nearby in Adare is an Augustinian Friary, and White Abbey, the only Trinitarian friary in Ireland (it is now the Catholic Church)
lost in ireland 2005 travelogue and photos © rfingerson