First stone construction . . . c.1400 . . . home to the Bannon's . . of Leap
Then taken over by the O'Carroll's Clan . . . who occupied it until the arrival of Cromwell's Army . . .
A marriage settlement between a daughter of the O'Carroll's and the DARBY family . . who then held it for the next three centuries. .
The Castle was burned down in 1921/22 . . . and the Lands (c. 4,500 acres ) were divided into small units for enterprising small farmers . .
The Darby Family were paid compensation . . by the newly formed Irish Free State Government . .