The Carroll Clan is best known for its ties to the scenic region known as Ely O’Carroll Country an area comprising mostly of Co. Offaly and North Tipperary. Locations such as the Slieve Bloom Mountains and towns such as Birr in Co. Offaly and Roscrea in Co. Tipperary all have close links to the clan dynasty of Ely O’Carroll.
Specific castles and buildings which are closely linked to the Carroll Clan legacy in Ireland include Leap Castle, Birr Castle, Kinnitty Castle and Emmell Castle and it is believed that there are up to 40 castles that can in some way be attributed to the existence of the Ely O’Carroll clan.
While the Ely O’Carroll clan is without doubt the most famous, there was also a sept of the O’Carroll Clan in the Dundalk region of Co. Louth which was known as O’Carroll of Oriel. The region of Co. Louth (known as the Wee County) is known for its picturesque coastline and charming towns and villages with Carlingford among one of the most scenic coastal villages of the area.
The O’Carroll Clan also is strongly connected with Munster region of Co. Kerry as there were two separate O’Carroll clans in the area. Today, Kerry is one of the most visited counties in Ireland with visitors attracted to its stunning mountain and coastal scenery along with its popular towns of Killarney, Kenmare, Tralee and Dingle.
Both Co. Carlow and Co. Kilkenny have links to O’Carroll heritage with the clan from this region having the specific name of the O’Carrolls of Ossory. Carlow and Kilkenny are located in the province of Leinster and are inland counties which have an abundance of rolling countryside with historic Kilkenny City and Carlow town as the main commercial centres within each region.