anturk is a market town set
astride the Dalua and Allow Rivers Spencer mentions them in his 'Faerie
outside the town is the huge shell of a fortified house, Kanturk Castle or MacDonagh's
Court, i.e. MacDonagh MacCarthy, the local Irish chief.
The story is that when the English Privy Council
heard of the elaborate structure, they decided 'it was much too large for a subject' and
had the work stopped.
MacCarthy, in a rage, scattered the blue glass
tiles which were to roof it. So there it stands, almost five centuries later still
infinished, but firm.
It is now the property of An Taisce, the
National Trust for Ireland