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King John’s Castle


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  • The castle was built by the Anglo-Normans in the early 13th century.
  • During the 18th century, the castle was adapted for use as a British Army barracks, which it remained up until the 1920s. Following independence and the Irish Civil War, the castle became the site to a unique council housing development which remained until 1989, when the houses were demolished. The castle was then declared a National Monument.
  • The King John’s Castle Visitor Centre was designed by Murray O’Laoire Architects in the early 1990s, and further modified by Healy Partners.
  • This site was one of 10 venues for the 32nd edition of EVA in 2008, curated by Hou Hanru (b. 1963, China) and titled too early for vacation.
  • That year, Séamus Farrell (b. 1965, UK) presented the sculptural installation Neo Ruin Irish Folly (2008), which consisted of a ‘ruin’ assembled from domestic belongings and household appliances.

Artwork presented at this venue

Vo Tran Chau, Water-Image, 2015.