Castle Towers

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Ballyhannon Castle is known as a Norman ‘Keep’ (which derives from the Middle English word kype), meaning a type of fortified tower built within castles during the Middle Ages by European nobility.
Usually Keeps refer to large towers in castles that were fortified residences, used as a refuge of last resort should the rest of the castle fall to an adversary.
The first keeps were made of timber, but the Anglo-Normans and French rulers began to build stone keeps during the 10th and 11th centuries; these included Norman keeps, with a square or rectangular design, and Ballyhannon Castle is a perfect example.
Stone keeps carried considerable political as well as military importance and could take up to a decade to build.