Surroundings & History

Smarmore Castle History

The Castle is steeped in Irish history, and was the family seat of the Taaffe family from 1330 continuously onwards.  The family fought for King James at the Battle of the Boyne which was fought nearby.  The Taaffes continued to live at Smarmore until the 20th century.  Smarmore Castle has been associated with spirituality and healing throughout its history and the very name, Smarmore, describes a form of medieval medical treatment.

In 1895 Olivia Taaffe formed a Society to assist the education of young priests and this is now a world-wide organisation funding colleges throughout the world and has branches all over Ireland.  Earlier a Father Peter Taaffe and a Father John Taaffe were two of five priests slaughtered by Cromwell’s men at the siege of Drogheda.  They were known as the martyrs of Drogheda.

More recently Smarmore Castle became a boutique guesthouse and was awarded Trip Advisor’s Certificate of Excellence in both 2013 and 2014 and also Smarmore Castle has appeared several times on Irish TV on the “At Your Service” programme when the medieval hotel featured on RTE.

These are just some of the highlights associated with Smarmore Castle.