13th century Irish castle laid low by storms

A sad fact of archaeology is that not all historic sites can be saved. The winter storms of 2013-2014 laid waste to one such site, Coolbanagher Castle near Portlaoise, Ireland. The castle collapsed and was later demolished. (photos)

The demise of Coolbanagher Castle, built in the 13th or early 14th century, is chronicled on the blog of archaeologist Robert M. Chapple, complete with before and after photographs, press articles and the official announcement by the National Monuments Service. The castle was privately owned.