Last Updated: 1st September, 2018
Kanturk is a friendly market town in North West County Cork, set astride the Dalua and Allow Rivers, Spencer mentions them in his 'Faerie Queene'. Just 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 in olden times.
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.
Take a stroll around Kanturk and note some of its wonderful Georgian architecture, enjoy some time out in its lovely public parks. It is an agriculturally rich town land and has a very strong sense of community. Kanturks nearest and busiest villages and towns include, Buttevant, Boherbue, Newmarket, Charleville, Millstreet and Mallow and Killarney is just 50 minutes drive, Limerick is over 1 hour and Tralee and Cork are 1 hour also.