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In the 1570's Bernard Ward from Cheshire in England was appointed surveyor general of Ireland by Elizabeth I, according to family tradition he bought five town lands in east county Down from the Earl of Kildare, the property is said to have been called 'Carrick-na-Shannafh' ( Foxes Rock). A tower house was built about 1610, at some stage an extension is thought to have been added to the south of the tower, little evidence is visible of this today. Early in the 18th century times were...

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