Carraig na Curragh

51136524_1599830329878154_r.jpegAfter 400 years . . .

You can participate in rebuilding the LAST STANDING O'LEARY CASTLE.

Donate any amount now to help.

(We are also restoring the people of the castle as a community.  If you are interested in becoming a titled Knight or Lady in Waiting read on for detailed plans.)

Join us!  Be recognized as a "Ridire a Carraig na Curragh" (Knight of Carraig na Curragh), or a "Bantiarna a Leigh"  (Lady of the Lee), for your service to the last standing O'Leary castle, to the community of "Uigh Laoghaire" (Place of the O'Learys) or to Clan O'Leary.

This is a real "Ridireacht" (knighthood) and in the future, when you are able to travel to our castle stronghold, you will kneel in the great vaulted hall and experience your own investiture ceremony surrounded by your fellow Knights or Ladies.
This will be a real chivalric service organization.  Any adult may become a Knight (men or women) or Lady in Waiting.  (You don't have to be an O'Leary to join.)  You are able to use this title in daily life in any country.  Community service at the castle or in the Lee Valley is encouraged, but not necessary.  Service comes in many forms.  Your financial support is greatly appreciated and will go toward great service.

First, we will be repairing the damage done to our stronghold by Oliver Cromwell and his general, Lord Roger Boyle, 1st Earl of Orrery.  We have already made preparations to stabilize the ruins of our 14th century church and graveyard.  We will also care for our villages and people, especially the elderly, the children and those with special needs.  We will provide computers for the school children, build ramps, clear gardens for the elderly.  We will serve the land of our ancestors.
But first, we must restore our castle and restore our Clan.  We need capital to begin work while waiting for public and private grants, which are provided after work is completed.  We need to begin soon, as we have a major TV producer ready to begin filming of a program which will follow our progress.  This program will be aired worldwide.

When completed, we will hold weddings, corporate events, music and art events.  We will rent out the entire castle by the week, or shorter stays.  We will teach Medieval archery, blacksmithing, horseback riding and many other ancient crafts.  We will build a museum, armory, gift shop and cultural center.  And the castle will be available to the local community at no charge.

Your level of service is up to you.  To be named an actual Knight or Lady we ask that you provide a donation at or above 150 euros or dollars.  But if you just want to participate in this project, any amount is appreciated and ALL of the funds not used to pay GOFUNDME or credit card fees will go into the project.  The total project budget is 1.2 million euros.  That amount has already been pledged.  What we need now is the seed money to begin repairs to the damage done by Cromwell.

Young people under the age of legal adulthood will be accepted as the equivalent of Squire or Lady in Waiting Attendee.  Give your children or grandchildren a firm grasp on their heritage.  Give your parents or grandparents, or your self, the recognition that you are serving the homeland of your ancestors with a lifelong title.
You will be receiving a certificate recognizing your service.  When you have travel plans to return to the homeland, we will schedule your investiture ceremony.

While not necessary, as a Knight of Carraig na Curragh or Lady of the Lee, you may develop your own heritage kit, meaning your own armor, your dress, your shield array.  You may also, at your option, wear our modern kit, a field BDU of light grey with our own patches.

Become a part of your own heritage.  Help rebuild castle Carraig na Curragh.  Serve the community of your ancestors.  EARN your title of "Sir" or "Lady in Waiting".  And when you bring your family back to Ireland, to the homeland, you will feel in your heart and soul the restorative sense of belonging to something ancient.

If you are an O'Leary, Leary or any other iteration of the Uigh Laoghaire name, or if you a member of any other Irish Clan, or a member of the Lee Valley community, THIS IS YOUR CASTLE.  We are doing much more than restoring an historic structure.

We are restoring an historic people.


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