M3810 : East from Dunguaire Castle

taken 7 years ago, near to Cartrongarv, Kinvara, Ballyclery, Loughcurra and Gortaboy, Galway, Ireland

East from Dunguaire Castle
East from Dunguaire Castle
Looking east from the roof of the castle. The headland partly visible on the left of the photo is the site of the original fort of King Guaire.

In the left background is Seapark House, now a ruin. During the famine in the mid 19th century it was used as a fever hospital.

The white thatched house in the centre of the photo dates from around 1800 and is included in the National Inventory of Architectural Heritage - see LinkExternal link.
Dunguaire Castle

Dunguaire (or Dungory) Castle was built in 1520 and was first occupied by the O’Hyne family, a descendant of the 7th Century King Guaire of Connacht. The earthworks on the adjacent headland is thought to have been King Guaire’s original fort, hence the name.

Strictly speaking the building is not a castle but more a fortified residence, popular in western Ireland in the 15th to 17th Centuries, known as a “tower house”.

It passed to the Martyn family of Galway in the 17th Century, and they continued to own it until 1924 when it was bought by Oliver St John Gogarty in 1924, who thought never living there carried out some repair work. Gogarty was an eminent head and neck surgeon, as well as being a poet, author, athlete and politician. He was the inspiration behind the character Buck Mulligan in James Joyce’s Ulysses.

The restoration was completed by Christabel, Lady Ampthill (famed for the Russell v Russell adultery or “virgin birth” case) who acquired the castle in 1954. It was opened to visitors in 1966 and since 1972 has been owned by the regional development body, Shannon Development. It is now a popular stop on the Burren tourist circuit, among the activities taking place there being the hosting of mediaeval banquets.

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Date Taken
Thursday, 18 September, 2014   (more nearby)
Wednesday, 21 January, 2015
Geographical Context
Coastal  Historic sites and artefacts 
Place (from Tags)
Kinvara  Dunguaire Castle  Dungory Castle 
Subject Location
Irish: geotagged! M 382 106 [100m precision]
WGS84: 53:8.6004N 8:55.4289W
Camera Location
Irish: geotagged! M 380 105
View Direction
Northeast (about 45 degrees)
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Seapark House  National Inventory of Architectural Heritage  NIAH 

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