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Pallas Castle: Tynagh, Co Galway

Built in the mid 13th century by Richard DeBurgo Pallas Castle in Tynagh is one of the best preserved Castle Keeps in Ireland but is largely unknown. The castle sits in a farm field and should be visited with respect for the farm and general countryside, close the gates and take home only what you […]

Portumna Castle and Kitchen Garden: Portumna, County Galway

The Castle which was destroyed by an accidental fire in 1826 is currently undergoing extensive internal restoration. This semi fortified Manor House currently has only the lower floors of the building accessible at this time. There are information boards and a video giving details of the history and former owners with close links to the […]

Kilmacduagh Abbey and the World’s Tallest Round Tower: Gort, Co Galway

  For anyone wanting to take the roads over the Burren from Gort, Kilmacduagh is well worth the small detour. Dating back to the 7th century this is one of Ireland’s oldest monastic sites. Older in fact than Clonmacnoise but far less visited. The Round Tower has a clear lean and whilst many surrounding buildings […]

Touring Loophead Light House: Loop Head, Co Clare

Loophead. Open to the public again this year after last years trial. I had forgotten just how far away this is from our home, an hour down to Ennis and another hour down to the point. Definitely better to do this after the ferry crossing from Kerry but well worth it. The day was good […]

William Butler Yeats Retreat: Gort, Co Galway

Thoor Ballylee was originally a Norman Tower House built in the 1500’s. More recently the tower was encompassed by the Gregory Estate. But the fame of the Tower began when William Butler Yeats purchased the property as a family home. Much restoration was required to transform the former fortress into a family home fit for […]

Postcard Perfect View of Clifden: Co Galway

Ever wondered where the calendar and postcard photos of Clifden were taken from? Heading out of town and 3/4 mile along the Sky Road is a gated entry to Memorial Hill. Crowning the Hill is a simple memorial to John D’Arcy who founded the town around 1812. Of course the memorial was first started shortly […]

Holy Wells in Ballynakill Parish: Woodford, Co Galway

We have two holy wells still active in the Ballynakill Parish. These fall within the Woodford, Galway town boundaries. The first is St Anne’s well and the graveyard for unbaptised children. Found turning off the Loghderg drive R352 at Gorteeny onto the parallel lane. Doubling back in the direction of Portumna the well is on […]

Millenium Forests: Woodford, Co Galway

The Irish Government decided in 2001 to restore some of Irelands native forests by regenerating 16 sites. We are lucky enough to have Two of these “Millenium” forests on our doorstep. With full public access these are great places to get out into the fresh air and walk yourself or your dog. Whilst these places […]

Clifden Castle: County Galway

Clifden was founded in 1812 by John Darcy who’s family owned a huge estate covering a large part west Galway. The town has many legacies from the days of John Darcy including Clifden Castle. The castle is located below the Sky Road heading out west from the town, and the entrance can be seen on […]

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