Otterbein College in Enchanting Ireland - September 2007

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Ross Castle is the ancestral home of the O'Donoghue clan. It is located on the edge of Lough Leane, in Killarney National Park, County Kerry, Ireland. Ross Castle was built in the late 1400s by local ruling clan the O'Donoghues. The castle is typical of strongholds of Irish chieftains built during the middle ages. The tower house had square bartizans on diagonally opposite corners and a thick end wall. The tower was originally surrounded by a square bawn defended by round corner towers on each end. There is a legend that O?Donoghue leaped or was sucked out of the window of the grand chamber at the top of the castle and disappeared into the waters of the lake along with his horse, his table and his library. It is said that O?Donoghue now lives in a great palace at the bottom of the lake where he keeps a close eye on everything that he sees.

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