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Carrigogunnell Castle is a medieval castle near the village of Clarina, on the banks of the River Shannon in Co. Limerick.

The castle ruins famously feature on the back cover of U2’s 1984 album The Unforgettable Fire.

Carrigogunnell was granted to Donnchad Cairbreach, King of Thomond in 1209.

However, there is no record of a castle being built until around the mid-15th century.

Over the following two centuries, the castle changed hands on numerous occasions. The Castle was surrendered to Cromwell’s forces in 1651.

In 1691, Carrigogunnell Castle was destroyed after the second siege of Limerick, with orders carried out to diminish the structure’s military value by canon fire.

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