We set off by the school but we looked at the Catholic Church, it was built by Fr Cornelius O’Brien in 1850. It was made out of lime stone and now holds a Mass rock. After looking at that we saw the school, which is the third and latest National School for Redwood. It was built in 1939. Next was the House of the Bailiff, the house was demolished approx 30 years ago. Michael Heenan (died 1863) notorious for his part in many evictions, lived there. Only an old iron gate remains, we think the house was there.
The next place was the home of Glennon, this family played a prominent part in the War of Independence. Jimmy Glennon was interned on Spike Island, his brother John played a major part in the Modreeny ambush. The house is still there and Kathleen Brown lives in it. We then walked down to a forge, it was demolished in an unknown date. John Daly the smith there put his initials on his gates. This area is called Deerpark.
Later we came to the second school built in 1926. Now Fr Deeley lives here. This area is called Kilmurry. Next was the ringfort, but we didn’t see it, it was used as a cillin (a graveyard for unbaptised children). We then came to the lodge entrance to Redwood House. It was demolished approx 25 years ago, the last family there were the Walls about 80 years ago.
After a while we came to Redwood House- the first school owned by Mr Trench. There were 15 rooms in the house; one room for the class, two for the headmistress and three for the steward. The other nine were locked up. It is now in ruins, it was once a shop and police barracks. We next walked to Redwood Castle, it was built by the Normans. The O’Sullivan Beara past here on their march to Leitrim. The castle was burnt in Cromwell times and was rebuilt in 1979.
I really enjoyed the walk and I would recommend visiting Redwood Castle and its area.
By Thia Houlihan