Cummer Castle is one of the many castles that dot the landscape of Galway, but unlike some of the more famous ones, it has not been restored or preserved, and remains a mystery to many.
Cummer Castle was built by the Norman de Bermingham family, who were granted lands in Galway by King John in the 13th century. The castle was probably a rectangular tower with four storeys and a vaulted basement, surrounded by a bawn wall and a moat.
The history of Cummer Castle is not well documented, but it is known that it was attacked and destroyed by the forces of Oliver Cromwell in the 1650s, during his campaign to subdue Ireland. The castle was never rebuilt, and gradually fell into decay. Today, only a fragment of the tower remains, standing on a grassy mound. The site is not signposted or accessible to the public, but can be seen from the road.
Cummer Castle is a reminder of the turbulent past of Galway, and a testament to the resilience of its people. If you are interested in exploring the heritage and history of Galway, Cummer Castle is worth a visit, but be respectful of the landowners and seek permission to visit the castle ruins in advance.
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