There is a story we tell all the children who visit the Heritage Centre on school tour: many years ago, when winters were colder (!) the inches in front of Lismore Castle would flood and freeze creating an ice rink for the delighted local children.
The youngsters' fun was always cut short however. Adults with pick axe and cart would break and remove the ice. No matter how it may have seemed to the children the grown-ups did not do so just to spoil their fun. The ice was taken to the Ice House to refrigerate fish stores.
Though the Ice House remains disused, its place long usurped by refrigerator and freezer, the recent cold spell has seen a return to fun and games in the Castle fields.