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Built in 1520 by the O’ Hynes clan, this restored tower house sits on a rocky outcrop on the shores of Galway Bay. In the early 17th century the castle passed into the hands of the Martyn’s of Galway. Richard Martyn, Mayor of Galway lived here until 1642 and the Martyn’s of Tulira Castle, owned the castle until this century.
In 1924 Dunguaire was bought and repaired by Oliver St. John Gogarty, the famous surgeon and literary figure. This was the time of the great Celtic revival in Irish literature - exemplified by the works of writers such as Synge, Yeats, Shaw and O' Casey.
The Castle became the venue for meetings of the literary revivalists such as W.B. Yeats, his patron Lady Gregory, George Bernard Shaw, Edward Martin and J.M. Synge. Yeats in particular believed strongly in the Celtic Bardic Tradition and set about reviving the ancient oral customs incorporating them into his plays and poetry.
In 1954 the castle was acquired by Christobel Lady Amptill who completed the restoration started by Oliver St. John Gogarty. Subsequently the castle became the property of Shannon Development. Today the restored castle gives an insight into the lifestyle of the people who lived from 1520 to modern times.
From April to October you can enjoy fabulous entertainment and locally sourced food at the renowned castle banquet.
- A picturesque location overlooking Galway Bay
- An insight into the history of this 16th century castle
- Discover the links to Ireland’s literary revival and the works of Yeats, Shaw and Synge
- Evening entertainment and dining at the castle banquets
Open April - mid-October
Daily 10:00 - 16:00
Closed: mid-October to April
Last admission: 30 minutes before closing
Approx. visit duration: 1 hour
Senior (aged 65+): €3.70
Student (with valid ID): €3.70
Child (aged 6-16): €3.60
Toddler (aged 0-5): Free
Family (2 adults & 2 children): €15.40
Family (2 adults & up to 6 children): €17.50
Other Useful Information
The castle is not wheelchair accessible.
Located on the outskirts of Kinvarra town in Co. Galway.Dunguaire Castle Nearby Attractions