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Their service in there saw them rewarded with extensive lands in the Kingdom of South Munster (the area around Cork).
The family became rich and powerful and constructed numerous castles, with their principal seat at Barryscourt Castle.
N 51.39225, W -3.267139 The nearby St Baruc's Chapel is tucked away in a fenced off shady, wooded area and has an interesting tale behind it.
St Baruc apparently drowned when his boat overturned on a trip back from Flat Holm Island.
The property is under the care of Cadw and the local authority.
Here we stopped at a park above the harbour and met up with our first guide for the walk, Andy Hinton.
In 1316 Llywelyn Bren led a revolt against King Edward II of England and attacked a number of castles as part of his campaign. John de Barry is credited with the reconstruction of the castle and it is mainly his buildings that we see today.
John added a large hall and gatehouse on the south side of the castle.
On the first floor was a small room which would have held the portcullis mechanism and possibly a chapel.
The south range includes a spacious great hall on its first floor.