Castlegar Castle is a ruined Norman castle that was built by Richard De Burgo, the 4th Earl of Clanricarde. De Burgo was a powerful lord who ruled over much of Connacht, but he also faced fierce resistance from the native Irish clans, such as the O’Flaherty’s. According to legend, De Burgo built Castlegar Castle after his son was beheaded by the O’Flaherty’s over a tax dispute. However, he only spent one night in the castle before moving to Portumna Castle instead.
Castlegar Castle was a four-storey tower house with a stone arch and narrow slit windows for defence. The castle was later held by Roland Skerrit, another Anglo-Norman settler, in 1574. Unfortunately, only half of the south-east wall of the tower remains today, but it still offers a glimpse into the turbulent history of Galway. In the more recent past, the castle was used as a handball alley, where side walls were built and can still be seen today.
Castlegar Castle is one of the many castles near Galway that you can explore and learn more about the rich heritage and culture of this region. Whether you are interested in history, architecture or nature, you will find something to suit your taste and curiosity.
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