Bunratty Castle County Clare

Clare Castles

CLARE Castles

Dough Castle, Lahinch, Co Clare

On the 7th Hole of the Castle Course may be seen the remains of Dough Castlea 15th Century Castle ruin. It was originally founded by the O'Connors in 1306. Its old name "Dumhach Ui Chonchuir" would translate as O'Connor's Sandbank and it was an O'Connor stronghold until they were ousted by the O'Briens in the days of Queen Elizabeth 1 of England. It is referred to in 1422 but none of the present ruin dates from that period. By 1584 the castle was held by Sir Donal O'Brien's family.he building collapsed at various times, mainly during the nineteenth century. Only one wall now remains of Dough Castle. The sandhills are supposed to be the haunt of Donn Dumhach, the Fairy King, and the sandhill Crughaneer near the bridge is also supposed to be haunted.

Dunguaire Castle

Dunguarie Castle was built in 1520 by the O’Hynes clan on the picturesque shores of Galway Bay. The Castle named after the nearby ancient fort of Guaire, King of Connaught who died is 662 AD. This 16th century tower house now restored sits on a rocky outcrop on the shores of Galway Bay, 300 yards outside the picturesque village of Kinvara

Knappogue Castle & Gardens

Come and enjoy the famous Knappogue Medieval Banquet at Knappogue Castle, Quin Co Clare. Savour the honey rich Mead which is served on arrival to the Castle. The ladies of the castle perform a programme of Music Song and Irish Traditional Dance .Enjoy a sumptuous four course banquet feast with red and white wine.

Leamangh Castle, Kilfenora, Co Clare

The eastern portion of the castle is a 5-story tower built about 1480, with stone vault on the top floor, and a number of holes for guns. A four-storey mansion was added to the west of the tower in the 1640s, and it has some mullioned windows (some of which are modern). Beside the castle was a large bawn, remnants of which can be seen on both sides of the road. The original gate, with an inscription saying that it was erected by Conor O'Brien and his wife Maire Ni Mahon in 1643, 16th C. Stronghold.

Poulnabrone Portal Tomb

Poulnabrone portal tomb at the Burren in County Clare is one of the world's best known and most visited dolmens. Set in view of the Burren is magical. It is estimated at being 4,500 years old which places it at the end of the Neolithic and the beginning of Ireland's Bronze Age.

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