History of Skryne
The castle was built sometime between 1172 and 1175. The de Feipos family held the Barony until the close of the 1300s when an heiress carried the title to the
Columcille has given his name to numerous holy wells in Meath. Saint Columcille’s Well is near the old ruins of a monastery on the Hill of Skryne. Most of the people living in the area up to the early 1960s drew water from it. The story goes that relics of the saint were brought to the monastery in Skryne on their way to
Although the story may not be historically accurate, it preserves the essential connection between Columcille and the monastery of Skryne. The Irish word scrín is from the Latin
In the 1990s, the castle was rented by Elizabeth Hickey, a well-respected Irish historian and has been described as a high achiever. She managed somehow to go to Alexandra College in Dublin and from there to work her way through Trinity College, graduating in 1938. Elizabeth Hickey came to view the castle one Saturday afternoon with Mr Counihan, the auctioneer for the owners. Mr Counihan didn’t have a key, no wonder, the front door lock was massive, and the key weighed about two pounds, so they climbed in through the coal house, into the courtyard, through the greenhouse and were in at long last.
The rent for the castle, which included some five acres of what were described as mature grounds, a garage and some sheds, was £4 per week. They both stayed working and commuting to Dublin with Granny and helpers minding the children, but the rent and the travelling proved too much. My mother appealed to the landlord and had the rent reduced to £1 per week and had permission to keep PGs (paying guests) written into the lease – this was to prove very useful later.
The upstairs drawing room is the place most associated with The Ghost of Skryne Castle, written so much about by
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Located in Tara in the Meath region, Skyrne Castle is a castle boasting a terrace and garden views, 35 km from Dublin.
Skryne Castle, Tara, Meath, Ireland