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Moydrum Castle is shown on the cover of U2’s fourth LP, 'The Unforgettable Fire'. It is a ruin, and can be found close to Athlone.
On 2 July 1921 British troops attacked three small farms in Coosan and burned their property. The IRA decided to strike back and agreed to do the same to supporters of the British rule. They choose Moydrum because over 200 years this had been an origin of British power.
Consequently, on 3 July 1921, a group of republicans attacked the castle, and ordered Lady Castlemaine and her three daughters to leave within 15 minutes. The 106 years old estate was set on fire and the next morning more or less only the outer walls remained, most of which can still be seen today.


Moydrum Westmeath Ld Castlemaine


Irelandkarte Nr. 3 | This ruin can be found near the town Athlone. From Dublin drive onto the N6 to Athlone, then turn onto the N55. Take the next exit, and turn right (see picture 4).
After a 100 metres turn right again, where it says “Mount Temple”. Drive along this road (ca. 8 km) until you can see the sign shown in picture 5. Here turn right (see picture 6) and up the hill. At the top of the hill turn right again and you should see picture 7, where the ruin can be seen in the distance.


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