FARTAMORE CASTLE

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Fartamore Castle is one of the many castle ruins in Galway that tell the story of the turbulent past of this region. Fartamore Castle was believed to have been a three-storey tower house owned by James Birmingham in 1574. James Birmingham was a descendant of the Norman de Bermingham family that settled in Ireland in the 13th century and became one of the most powerful clans in Galway. The tower house was a typical defensive structure of the time, with thick walls, narrow windows and a bawn (a walled enclosure) around it.

Unfortunately, there are very little remains of Fartamore Castle today. Only a portion of the tower wall and a fragment of a bawn wall still stand on a small hill overlooking the countryside. Not many other architectural features have survived, and the history of the castle is largely unknown. However, the little we know adds to its mystery and charm.

Fartamore Castle is located on private land, so please seek the landowners permission before visiting the castle up close. Fartamore Castle may not be as grand or famous as other castles in Galway, but it’s still a fascinating piece of history that deserves attention. If you’re looking for a quiet and off-the-beaten-path destination, Fartamore Castle is a great option. Just remember to bring your camera and your imagination!

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Fartamore Castle

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