Ely O Carroll Country. Photos: (Center) Clonmacnoise on the River Shannon; (from upper left, clockwise): Clonmacnoise & West Offaly Railway, Shannonbridge; Connie Hanniffy shows off her classic car collection at An Dun Transport & Heritage Museum at Doon; Roscrea Castle, Roscrea; and a display on the first steam turbine engine at Ireland's Historic Science Centre at Dirr Castle, Birr.
Map of Birr Castle Demesne. There has been a Norman castle on this site since 1170. From the 14th to the 17th century the O' Carroll family ruled from here and the territory was known as Ely O' Carroll The castle was granted to Sir Lawrence Parsons in 1620 and it is still the private family home of the Parsons family.