In this stunning photograph, the sun is rising on this old uninhabited homestead with the Mournes in the background. Various examples of old irish stone cottages dating back to famine times can be found in this area providing insight into the lifestyles of people in the early 19th century. Bryansford is a small village in County Down, Northern Ireland. It sits at the northern side of Tollymore Forest Park, roughly halfway between the towns of Newcastle and Castlewellan. The village is within the townlands of Ballyhafry and Aghacullion. It had a population of 392 people in the 2001 Census.
Narrow Water Wood & and Narrow Water Castle is just around the corner. The wood is beside the A2 road near Warrenpoint and on the County Down bank of the Clanrye River, which enters Carlingford Lough a mile to the south. Narrow Water Castle was given into state care in 1956.
A bit of History
In 1212, a keep was built on the site by Hugh de Lacy, first Earl of Ulster, to prevent river-borne attacks on Newry. In the 1560s, the tower house and bawn were built. It is a typical example of the tower houses built throughout Ireland from the 14th until the early 17th century. This kind of building, normally rectangular in plan and three or more storeys high, comprised a series of superimposed chambers, with stairs, closets and latrines skillfully contrived within the walls (which are 1.5 metres or five feet thick in places) or sometimes contained in projecting angle turrets.
The original was destroyed in the 1641 Rebellion.
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