Caisleán Mhullach Íde – Malahide Castle

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Mar chuid den tionscnamh Erasmus+, rinneamar taighde ar chaisleán Mhullach Íde, Baile Átha Cliatha. Chuir an rang aistí le chéile faoi stair an chaisleáin. Seo a d’fhoghlaim muid.

Tháinig na Normannaigh ó Shasana sa bhliain 1171. Lena n-arm agus a gcuid fórsaí ardchéimiúla gabh siad ar Bhaile Átha Cliath. I measc na Normannach, bhí Sir Richard de Talbot, ridire ó Shrewsbury ó shliocht na Fraince. D’fhreastail sé ar a mháistir, King Henry II, go maith in ionradh na hÉireann agus tugadh na tailte timpeall ar Mhullach Íde dó thart ar an mbliain 1185. Thóg an chlann Talbot an caisleáin sa 12ú aois agus bhí sé mar áit cónaithe dóibh le os cionn 800 bliain.

Le linn na n-ocht gcéadta bliain idir 1185 agus na 1970idí, níor briseadh a n-áitreabh ag Caisleán Mhullach Íde ach amháin ar feadh tréimhse gairid ó 1649 go 1660 nuair a ghabh saighdiúirí Oliver Cromwell a gcuid tailte agus cuireadh iad i gcuideachtaí Miles Corbet, Tiarna Príomh-Bharún na hÉireann.

Tugadh faoi deara go raibh Miles mar cheann de na taibhsí a bhí iontas ar an gcaisleán. Deirtear go bhfuil sé le feiceáil le i ngual míleata sula dtéann sé isteach sna ceithre chuid a bhí fágtha de tar éis dó a chur i gcrích.

I measc taibhsí eile bhí Sir Walter Hussey, a bhí ina namhaid ag duine de mhuintir Talbot mar gheall ar a mhothúcháin i leith an Mhuire Maud Plunkett. Ar lá a bainise di, maraíodh é i gcath, agus anois deirtear go mbíonn sé sna hallaí Chaisleán Mhullach Íde chun a chuid brón a léiriú ar an dóigh a phós sí an Talbot in ionad. Is cosúil go mbíonn an Mhuire Maud sna hallaí chomh maith. Cé nach bhfuil sí mar bean óg ach mar shean bhean ag fiach do thaibhse a tríú fear céile, breitheamh áitiúil nach ndearnadh a ainm a thaifead.

Tá neart scéalta suimiúla ann faoi chaisleáin Mhullach Íde agus is cúis é sin leis an méad daoine a thagann ar cuairt ann gach lá. Milo Talbot darb ainm don bharún deireanach. Rinne sé staidéar in ollscoil Cambridge le Guy Burgess agus Anthony Blunt mar oidí. Ina dhiaidh sin tharla sé go raibh na fir sin ina spiairí Sóivéadacha, agus bheadh cairdeas Milo leo mar thoradh ar a scor luath sa bhliain 1956. Cé nach ndearnadh cúis air riamh, ghlac sé ráflaí timpeall air go dtí go bhfuair sé bás sa bhliain 1973 ag aois 60.

As part of the Erasmus plus project, we studied and researched Malahide Castle, Dublin. The class wrote essays about the history of the castle. This is what we learned.

The Normans came from England in 1171. With their superior army, they conquered Dublin. Among the Normans was Sir Richard de Talbot, a knight from Shrewsbury of French descent. He served his master, King Henry II in the invasion of Ireland and the lands around Malahide were given him around 1185. The Talbot family built the castle in the 12th century and it was a place of residence for them for over 800 years.

For 800 years, the Talbots never left the castle except for a brief period between 1649 and 1660 when Oliver Cromwell’s soldiers captured their lands and gave them to Miles Corbet, Lord of the Chief Baron of Ireland.

It is noted that Miles is one of the great ghosts of the castle. He is said to be seen in his military uniform before colapsing into the four pieces of his dismembered body that were left of him when he died.

Other ghosts included Sir Walter Hussey. He roams the castle because of his love for Lady Maud Plunkett. On their wedding day, he was killed in battle and she married one of the Talbots instead. Sir Walter Hussey is now said to be in the Castle halls to show his grief. Lady Maud is said to roam the halls as well. Though she is not a young woman, but an old widdow hunting for her third husband’s ghost, a local judge whose name was not recorded.

There are plenty of interesting stories about the Malahide castle which is another reason that so many people come and visit it every day. Milo Talbot was the last Baron. He studied in Cambridge University with Guy Burgess and Anthony Blunt as tutors. After that, it was discovered that these men were Soviet spies. Although he was never accused, Rumours were spread about Milo until he died in 1973 at the age of 60.

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