Trim Castle is located 40 kilometres north west of Dublin in county Meath. It is the largest Norman castle in Europe and was originally built in the late twelfth century by Hugh de Lacy and his son Walter, as an attempt to thwart the expansionist plans of Richard de Clare. During the late middle ages it was a centre for administration for the region.
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