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Stop 1: Rockett’s castle
Castle was built by the Normans on the River Suir in 1212 by a family named
Rockett or de la Rochelle. Rocketts Castle was taken over by the Earl of
Ormond. King Charles I allowed him to destroy and take possession of the
property of Catholics' who did not submit to the King. Pirate Rockett fought the
best he could against such treatment. Later he began to pirate English ships and
distributed the booty among the suppressed people.
Algernon May later owned Rockett’s Castle and he gave the name Mayfield to the
area. It had five floors and a thick wall surrounding it.
The fortress manor house was destroyed in 17/18th Century.
The house and castle have been renovated a lot over the
last few years by its foreign owners as a shooting and fishing estate. There is
a lake in front of the house and this has been stocked with fish.