Co Kildare


  • NIAH Ref: N/A
  • Date: 1700 - 1750
  • Rating: Regional
  • Orig. Use: Castle/Fortified House
  • Townland: Donadea
  • County: Kildare
  • Last Reviewed: August 2019

Criteria for Risk

  • Suffering from neglect and/or poor maintenance
  • Suffering from structural problems
  • Abandoned ruin


  • Condition of Structure: Ruinous
  • Level of Risk: High


Donadea and its entrance gates are roofless shells. None of the original fabric remains other than the external walls. It is suffering from structural problems that could lead to full or partial collapse, and there is an immediate threat of further deterioration.

Donadea is a shell of a castellated house belonging to the Aylmer Family of circa 1773 with later additions circa 1827 by Sir Richard Morrison. The castle was deroofed in the 1950s and now forms a focal point for the Coillte owned forest park. The main entrance is through an arched gateway with tower (pictured). The structures are of significant historic importance and requires conservation works to prevent further deterioration.

Recommended Use

  • Conservation

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