If you are looking for a historical and mysterious destination in Galway, you might want to visit Cahernamuck Castle, a medieval ruin near the town of Loughrea. Little is known about the history and function of Cahernamuck Castle, except that it was probably built in the late 13th or early 14th century as part of the de Burgo’s network of fortifications in the region. The castle was likely abandoned and fell into decay over time, until a tragic event in the 20th century sealed its fate.
In 1960, a local farmer obtained a permit to demolish an old house on his land, but he mistakenly used explosives to blow up the ruins of Cahernamuck Castle instead. The blast destroyed most of the castle’s walls and left only a few fragments standing. The farmer later claimed that he did not know that the ruins were of historical significance and that he regretted his action.
Today, Cahernamuck Castle is a sad reminder of what once was a majestic and imposing structure. The castle is located on private property and is not accessible to the public, but it can be seen from the road. Cahernamuck Castle is a hidden gem in Galway’s heritage and history. It offers a glimpse into the past and a lesson for the present. It is a place where you can marvel at the achievements of the de Burgo family and mourn their loss.
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