Trim Castle

Trim Castle, the largest Anglo Norman castle in Ireland, was constructed in this County Meath town over a thirty year period by Hugh de Lacy and son. De Lacy was granted the liberty of Meath as a reward for thwarting the strongarm tactics of Strongbow.

Construction began in the Celtic Tiger era of the middle ages on the site of an earlier wooden fortress. The crucuform-shaped fortress was protected by a moat.

At the cusp of the second Celtic Tiger the castle  underwent a renaissance in 2000 when it opened its doors to the public after extensive restoration.

And for the more astute movie-watchers, it delivered an strong performance in Braveheart starring Mel Gibson.