Thursday, October 14, 2021

Some of the participants with Sean Murray and Dan Bergin, stop to pose for a photograph

Photo: Michael Scully

LAOIS Public Partnership Network (PPN) held a heritage walk at Ballyadams Castle recently.

The event was a walking tour to explore the history and sites at Ballyadams Castle, its associated medieval church and holy well.

The tour was led by Laois archaeologist Seán Murray, who is chairperson of the Laois Heritage Society. Seán informed walkers about the history of Ballyadams Castle through the centuries, pointed out key defence features, such as the double murder hole, and told tales of the characters who occupied the castle through the years.

Dan Bergin, resource worker with Laois PPN, said: “Ballyadams Castle near the village of Ballylinan is a hidden gem of heritage, as it is located on private land. Laois PPN was delighted to give a tour to PPN member groups of this heritage site following permission from the owners – the Butler family.

During the centuries, Ballyadams Castle has been an O’Moore stronghold, an Anglo Norman fortification, part of the Silken Thomas rebellion and home to the brutal John Thomas Bowen, aka John of the Pike. It is also one of the tallest manmade structures in Laois at six storeys high, with views from the top all the way to Athy.”

The day finished with tea and sweet treats at Stradbally Fayre.

Laois PPN consists of 600-plus member groups from the community. All groups registered with Laois PPN are given an opportunity to attend Laois PPN events. Any group wishing to join Laois PPN can do so by completing the application on

More photos from this event in next week’s Laois Nationalist

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