Imposingly situated above the tranquil Boyne between
Navan and Slane stands Dunmoe Castle, home of the D'Arcy family
from the 15th century. The castle was briefly attacked by Cromwell
in 1649 but avoided damage in 1690 during the Battle of the Boyne,
D'Arcy was however accused of treachery for not declaring his allegiance.
The castle was destroyed by fire in the late 18th century.
Two sides of a four-storey castle which was square in shape with
large rounded turrets at the four corners. The two lower storeys
were vaulted. Although built in the style of the 13th century castles,
it was probably not built till the 15th century. Cromwell is said
to have fired on it from the opposite bank of the Boyne on his way
from Drogheda to Athboy in 1649...