A fort stood here from 1129, eventually becoming a Norman castle. For over a week during June 1691 18,000 Williamite troops under General Ginkel fought to capture the town defended by 23,000 Jacobite soldiers under St Ruth. The castle sustained what was probably the heaviest bombardment in Irish history, with over 12,000 cannon balls and 600 bombs fired at its walls. The story of siege is illustrated by an exhibition at the castle.
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