Elizabeth Fort (Cork)
Elizabeth Fort is said to be one of the finest examples of a 17th century star-shaped fort. Originally built in 1601 during the reign of Elizabeth I, it was replaced in 1624 by a stronger fort which had the same basic outline as that which survives today.
It is reputed that improvements were also made by Cromwell in 1649 when he took control of the city. It was used again in 1690 by Williamite forces to shell the city and a cannonball fired from the Fort at the old tower of St. Fin barre’s was found during the 19th century rebuilding of the Cathedral.