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Dunguaire Castle


Dunguaire Castle is a 16th Century tower house on the southeastern shore of Galway Bay in County Galway, Ireland, near Kinvarra. The name derives from the Dun of King Guaire, the legendary king of Connacht. The Castle was built in 1520 by the O'Hynes Clan and later restored. 

The restoration of the castle lies at the heart of the Ireland’s literary revival in the early 20th Century. In 1924 Dunguaire was purchased and repaired by Oliver St. John Gogarty. He was a famous surgeon and literary figure during a time known as Irelands "great Celtic revival". The Castle became a venue for meetings of literary revivalists such as WB Yeats, his patron Lady Gregory, George Bernard Shaw, Edward Martin and J.M. Synge.

In 1854 the Castle was acquired by Christobel Lady Amptill who completed it's restoration. Today the restored Castle gives an insight into the lifestyle of the people who lived from 1520 to modern times. 




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