Glinsk Castle is a tower house and National Monument located in the village of Glinsk, County Galway. Glinsk Castle is reputed to be one of the last castles built in Ireland, dating back to the mid-17th century, and was built on the site of an earlier castle.
It was the seat of the Burke baronets of Glinsk, a branch of the powerful Anglo-Norman family that ruled much of Connacht. It was the principal residence of Lord of Clonconway, Mac David Burke. The castle was gutted by fire, possibly during the Cromwellian wars, but it still stands as a majestic reminder of Ireland’s past.
Glinsk Castle is situated on a limestone floor overlooking the countryside. The castle is rectangular with two towers protruding to the south. It has two chimney shafts, each a battery of five diagonal stacks. The windows are mullioned with weepers, which are small openings to drain water. Defensive features included gun loops, bartizans and high basements. It was once surrounded by a bawn wall with turrets, but little of that remains today.
Glinsk Castle is open to the public and free to visit. You can explore the castle grounds and admire its architecture and history. You can also learn more about the Burke family and their role in Irish history. The Burkes were involved in many conflicts and rebellions against the English crown, such as the Nine Years’ War and the Confederate Wars. They also intermarried with the native Irish clans, such as the O’Conor’s and the MacDermott’s, and adopted some of their customs and culture.
Glinsk Castle is a must-see for anyone who loves history, nature and culture. It is a hidden gem in County Galway that will enchant you with its beauty and charm.
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I like the castle a lot very historical and a nice view