Portumna Castle

Portumna Castle

The great semi-fortified house at Portumna was built before 1618 by Richard Burke or de Burgo, 4th Earl of Clanricarde. It was the main seat of the de Burgo family for over 200 years, until it was gutted by fire in 1826. The ground floor of the house is now open to the public. To […]

oranmore castle

Oranmore Castle

Oranmore Castle was built sometime round the fifteenth century possibly on the site of an older castle. It was a stronghold of the Clanricardes who were a prominent Norman family of Galway. In 1641 Galway was under the overlordship of the Marquess and fifth Earl Clanricarde. In March 1642 the town revolted and joined the […]

Lynch's Castle

Lynch’s Castle

Lynch’s Castle was once the home to the most powerful family in Galway. This incredible limestone building is a fine example of an Irish gothic style. The Lynch Family’s Coat of Arms can still be seen today, as can other proprietors of the house Henry and the Fitzgerald’s of Kildare. Situated between Shop Street and […]

Glinsk Castle

Glinsk Castle

Glinsk Castle, reputed to be the last castle built in this country, stands as an impressive reminder of the architectural skills and styles of the Norman era, while nearby Ballinakill Abbey holds the remains of the earliest Gothic church in Connacht. This Castle was the principal residence of Mac David Burke, lord of Clonconway. It […]

Fiddaun Castle

Fiddaun Castle

This former O’Shaughnessy fortress, occupied from 1574 to 1729, is a tall 6-story tower with an attic. It has a pair of box machicolations (bartizans) on the north and south corners at the third floor level. The castle stands in the middle of one of the best preserved bawns in Ireland. The inner bawn is […]

dunguaire castle

Dunguaire Castle

Dunguaire Castle is a 16th-century tower house on the southeastern shore of Galway Bay, near Kinvara. The castle’s 75 foot-tower and its defensive wall have been restored to excellent condition, and the grounds are open to tourists during the summer. It is thought to be the most-photographed castle in Ireland. The castle was built by […]

Ballynahinch Castle

Ballynahinch Castle

Ballynahinch Castle is steeped in a wealth of tradition and has been intertwined in the history of Connemara and its people for many centuries. From the days of the O’Flaherty Chieftains, to Grace O’Malley, the Pirate Queen of Connemara, to Humanity Dick Martin, founder of the society for the prevention of cruelty to animals and […]

Aughnanure Castle

Aughnanure Castle

Aughnanure Castle is one of well over 200 tower houses in County Galway built by large, wealthy, land owning families, mainly of Gaelic but some of Old English (Anglo-Norman) stock. Tower Houses are fortified residences and were places of power and control over the surrounding lands. The name Aughnanure comes from the Gaelic Achadh na […]

Athenry Castle

Athenry Castle

Athenry Castle was built in 1249 by Meiller de Bermingham. The castle was restored about 3 years ago using the building techniques which would have been used when the castle was built. There are guided tours of the castle during the summer and it is well worth a visit. Athenry is one of the most […]

Abbeyglen Castle Hotel Connemara Ireland

Abbeyglen Castle

The Abbeyglen Castle was built in 1832 by John d’Arcy of Clifden Castle, 33 years before Mitchell Henry built Kylemore Abbey in 1865. D’Arcy, who founded Clifden in 1812, was considered a leader of the community and was frequently consulted by the local constabulary in time of trouble or unrest. Following d’Arcy’s death, his son […]