Menlo Castle

Menlo Castle

Menlo Castle Amazing drone footage of Medieval castle was built in 1569, and was the main home of the Blake family, until it tragically burned down in 1910. On 26th July 1910 when Sir Valentine, the fourteenth baronet and Lady Blake were away in Dublin a fire broke out in the room of their invalid daughter Eleanor. She died in the fire and no trace was ever found of her body. The sixteenth baronet Sir Ulick Blake inherited a ruin. He was found dead in his car some years later.At the rear of the castle we find the village of Mionnloch (Menlo). The inhabitants of this village amounted in 1841 to 1,100 in 1851 to 764; and in 1861 they had fallen to 682.Since the Council purchased it, all sorts of plans have been coming and going - ranging from a wide scale make-over, to the Preservation of the Castle, as a "Ruin". Some will tell how the Ivy needs to be removed to assess the health status of the Stonework, while others will argue that the very same Ivy (and its biological lattice), might be actually binding the Building together, to some degree.The Castle is about 0.03 kilometres / 0.02 miles / 33 metres from the River Corrib, and faced South West, roughly aligned parallel to the river -another access point.More folklore. Valentine Blake was said to be well liked by the locals, one explanation being that he was not a strict Economist and might overlook bills-due. A family member may be buried in what is still known as the Melo Woods Graveyard.Tom Kenny wrote an insightful article about the specifics of "The Fire at Menlo Castle" , with a photograph of the time! Source & embed code: //rumble.com/v2zgih--birds-view

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