Historic Buildings of County Galway
Republic of Ireland
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The object of this project is to provide information about historic buildings in County Galway, with links to sub-projects for specific buildings as appropriate. GENi profiles of people associated with those establishments can be linked to this project and/or to individual projects where they have been set up.
Castles, Baronial and Historic houses
... in alphabetical order
Including Castles, Abbeys, Manor Houses, Mansions, Stately Homes, Country houses, Estate houses, Courts, Halls, Parks and other listed buildings of historic interest
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● Abbeyglen Castle, Restored Castle
● Ardamullivan Castle, Restored Castle
● Athenry Castle, Restored Castle
● Aughnanure Castle early 16th century tower house built on the remains of a much earlier castle. Built by the O'Flahertys c. 1500, on the shores of Lough Corrib. In 1546 the O'Flaherty's motto "Fortune favours the strong" and the powerful Mayo O'Malleys Motto "Powerful by land and by sea", were joined in the marriage of Donal an Chogaidh O'Flaherty and Grainuaile/Grace O'Malley. Standing on what is virtually a rocky island, the castle is a particularly well-preserved example of an Irish tower house.
● Ballindooley Castle, Restored Castle
● Ballinfad Castle, Intact Castle
● Ballymore Castle, Restored Castle
● Ballynahinch Castle, Intact Castle
● Bunowen Stone Castle with fortifications (notes from 'Abandoned Mansions of Ireland by Tarquin Blake) 16th century Donal O'Flaherty (Clan) - then taken over by Grace O'Malley (Grainne Ni Mhaile), her husband killed, 2 sons - she refused O'Flaherty his properties - then she went to St.Clare island in Clew Bay, and became wealthy and famous as the Pirate Queen. The castle was taken by Cromwell in 1642,,later transferred to the Goeghegans whose sons married Blakes of Galway (George lll gave concessions). 1853, sold to Blake,1909, much of the property sold to the Congested Districts Board. "Traces of the castle and the interior, disappeared with the ravages of Atlantic storms"
● Castle Daly.
● Caheradangan Castle, Intact Castle
● Cargin Castle, Restored Castle
● Castle Ellen, Restored Castle
● Castle Kirk, Castle Ruins
● Castletown Castle, Castle Ruins
● Castlegrove Castle to House (notes from Abandoned Mansions of Ireland, by Tarquin Blake) .p,112 see ruined walls among the trees).15th century castle, owned by DeBurgos. Cromwell invaded it, 1651. 19th century, Edward Blake, High Sheriff, co, Galway, died 1873. He turned it into a mansion house in cut and carved stone. He built a new road to by-pass the mansion. Bankrupt by 1853 .. auction. Bought by John Canon, a weaver's son from Eyrecourt. Not well - committed suicide. Left to Agent until 1922. House attacked, set on fire, burnt to the ground. Mr. Levin escaped through a secret passage, got on a train 'never seen again'. Land Commissioner divided the land, 1930. Left to crumble, still with fruit trees and others.
● Cloghan Castle, Restored Castle
● Cloonacauneen Castle, Restored Castle
● Cregg Castle, Restored Castle
● Dunguaire Castle, Restored Castle - (Irish: Dún Guaire) 16th-century tower house on the southeastern shore of Galway Bay near Kinvarra. The castle's 75-foot tower and its defensive wall have been restored and the grounds are open to tourists during the summer. It was built by the Hynes clan in 1520, a family who may have been associated with the area since 662, when the site is believed to have once been the royal palace of Guaire Aidne mac Colmáin, the legendary king of Connacht and progenitor of the clan. Dunguaire Castle was transferred in the 17th century to Oliver Martin, (father of Richard Martin fitz Oliver). It remained in his family until it was purchased in the early 20th century by the surgeon and poet Oliver St. John Gogarty. Gogarty began restoring the castle and established it as the meeting place for the leading figures of the Celtic Revival, such as W.B. Yeats, George Bernard Shaw, Augusta, Lady Gregory, and John Millington Synge. The castle was acquired in 1954 by Christobel Lady Ampthill, who completed the restoration work started by Gogarty. It was later purchased by Shannon Development, an Irish corporation that manages numerous historic tourist attractions in Ireland. During the summer months when Dunguaire Castle is open to the public, a Medieval Banquet is held every night with costumed performers who recite Irish literature and play traditional Irish music. Dunguaire Castle was used as a filming location for the Scottish castle home of the main character in the 1979 film North Sea Hijack. Part of the lore about Dunguaire's Castle is that the Lord of the castle was very generous and he continued this generosity into the afterlife. Today, if a person stands at the front gate and asks a question, they will have an answer to their question by the end of the day.
● Feartagar Castle, Castle Ruins
● Fiddaun Castle, Castle Ruins
● Hackett Castle, Castle Ruins
● Kilcolgan Castle, Intact Castle
● Lynch's Castle, Restored Castle
● Menlow Castle (also Menlo or Menlough), Castle Ruins
● Moyode Castle, Castle Ruins
● Oranmore Castle, Restored Castle
● Portumna Castle, Restored Castle
● Thoor Ballylee, W.B. Yeats' former holiday home, restored as a Museum. Currently closed after flooding.
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