Newcastle West, a busy market town, is the centre of prosperous dairy country, with fishing, golf (9) and tennis. The town takes its name from a twelfth-century castle which stands in ruins in the park beside the Square. Built in 1184 for the Knights Templars, it later passed to the earls of Desmond. the building suffered much during centuries of wars, and the ruins show evidence of many rebuildings and alterations. The castle has two halls (both fifteenth century), one of which has been subdivided, but the other, the Desmond Hall, is still complete. It has ownership and serves as a cultural centre where concerts, recitals, exhibitions and lectures are held.
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