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Parke’s Castle is situated on the banks of Lough Gill, in County Leitrim.

Originally a 16th-century castle, owned by Sir Brian O’Rourke who was executed in London in 1591.

The castle came into the possession of Sir Roger Parke, who had built a fortified manor house at the centre of the older castle by the early 17th century.

In 1677, the Parke family experienced tragedy when two of their three children, Maggie and Robert, drowned while boating on Lough Gill, leaving their sister Anne as the sole heiress.

Anne ultimately went to live in Sligo and the castle went into disrepair, unlived in for over 200 years.

However, the Office of Public Works carried out extensive restoration work on the castle at the end of the 20th century using Irish oak and traditional craftsmanship.

It is open for public tours from April to September, with a guided tour of the castle taking place every hour.

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