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Collooney | Ireland

Markree Castle

Authentic Irish Castle

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Originally Built In

Associated Family Names
Cooper, Bingham, Synge
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Famous Guests
Johnny Cash and his wife June Carter

Seen in (tv/movies)
Markree Castle is the location for the London Weekend Television mini series ‘Troubles’ based on a novel by JG Farrell.

Type of Architecture

Collooney, Ireland

Perfect for
Couples, Weddings, Family Gatherings

Property type
Exclusive Use


About Markree Castle

Markree Castle dates back to the 17th century and lies along the rugged Wild Atlantic Way coastline in County Sligo. The sprawling estate boasts 500 acres of beautifully landscaped gardens, and the castle grounds are partially moated by the River Unshin. At Markree Castle, you’ll experience an ambiance of timeless elegance, complemented by contemporary luxuries. Featuring exquisite décor, breathtaking views, and luxurious bedrooms, Markree Castle is one of the finest historic castles and wedding venues in Ireland.

Our history

Ancestral seat of the Cooper family

As a result of the 1662 Act of Settlement of King Charles II, the Cooper family acquired the Markree Castle estate during the 17th Century. It was originally a fort guarding a ford on the Unshin river, before officially becoming a manor house. By the end of the 17th century, the Cooper family had become one of the biggest landowners in Ireland. After purchasing Lord Collooney’s estate in 1727, the family ruled over 40,000 acres of land, of which Markree Castle was the peak. The Cooper’s land holdings went from 40,000 acres to 5,000 acres by the beginning of the 20th century. As a result of the Irish Civil War 1921-1922, Markree Castle suffered considerable damage and remained unused until 1947.

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Events & Activities


Markree Castle, with its relaxed atmosphere, picture-perfect 500-acre grounds and luxury accommodation, provides the ideal location to celebrate a wedding, and the freedom to create a wedding you have always dreamed of. On your wedding day, arrive by wedding car or if you want something more unique, arrive by boat to the boathouse, or by horse and carriage or on horseback through the ‘port la couer’ at the front of the castle.
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Civil Ceremonies

For a civil, Humanist or Spiritualist wedding ceremony, you need a venue with a real sense of occasion. Very few places that host wedding receptions can also offer a really special ceremony venue on the premises. Markree Castle is registered for civil ceremonies and partnerships, which can take place in a choice of five different locations which include two indoor and three outdoor options.
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Events & Meetings

Markree Castle is fast garnering a reputation as a leading business destination in the west of Ireland. It’s ideally placed for incentive groups, sales meetings, team building or International conferencing. Surrounded by 500 acres of beautiful Sligo countryside and available for exclusive hire, complete privacy is guaranteed at Markree Castle for an unforgettable conference, meeting or event for your delegates or guests.
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Markree Castle
Clooneenroe, Collooney
Co. Sligo, F91 AE81