Malahide Castle is one of the oldest and most historic castles in Ireland with the oldest parts of the castle date back to the 12th century. It was home to the Talbot family for 791 years, the only exception being the period from 1649-1660, when Oliver Cromwell granted it to Miles Corbet after the Cromwellian conquest of Ireland; Corbet was hanged following the demise of Cromwell, and the castle was restored to the Talbots.
From 1185 until 1975, it was the home of the Talbot family. This was a remarkable tenure by a single family and is one of the longest in Ireland.
At the time of the Anglo-Norman invasion in 1169, the last Viking King of Dublin of Hammund Mac Turkill, the l controlled Malahide.
The estate began in 1185, when Richard Talbot, a knight who accompanied England's King, Henry II to Ireland in 1174, was granted the "lands and harbor of Malahide". Strongbow was granted the remainder of Leinster.
The Malahide estate survived the Battle of the Boyne, when fourteen members of the owner's family were killed in the great hall and the Penal Laws.
In the 1920s Ralph H. Isham by Boswell's great-great-grandson Lord Talbot of Malahide purchased the private papers of James Boswell which were discovered in the castle.
The seventh Baron, Lord Milo Talbot inherited Malahide Castle and Demesne and passed to his sister, Rose following his death 1973. Rose sold the castle to the Irish State In 1975.
Guided tours of the castle take place all year round and audio tours are available in most languages.
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