Fáilte! Claregalway Castle is a fully restored 15th century Anglo-Norman tower house. Situated on the banks of the River Clare, in Claregalway village, on the N17 road, the castle is just under 10 km from Galway City. The castle is open to the public daily from March to September, 12 noon to 4 pm, Thursday - Sunday inclusive.
Claregalway castle was the chief fortress of the powerful Clanricard de Burgo or Burke family from the early 1400s to the mid-1600s. The Clanricard Burkes were descended from William de Burgh, an English knight of Norman ancestry who led the colonial expansion into Connacht in the early 1200s. His brother Hubert was Justiciar of England. William became the progenitor of one of the most illustrious families in Ireland.
Exploring Claregalway castle and its environs through a guided tour, visitors can find out about its fascinating, often bloody, six-hundred-year history. Visitors can also discover some of the castle's secrets, learn what everyday life in a medieval Irish castle was like, and hear about the colourful characters who once lived there, such as the 1st Earl of Clanricard, Ulick Burke, in Irish Uileag na gCeann ('Ulick of the heads/the beheader'), Ladies Eustacia Fitzgerald and Honora de Burgo, the notorious Cromwellian commander Sir Charles Coote, the great Hollywood actor Orson Welles and many more.
The annual de Burgo Lecture. (04/Oct/2018, 8pm)
Claregalway Castle hosts the annual de Burgo Lecture.
This year distinguished historian Dr Bernadette Cunningham will speak on 'The tower houses and manor houses of the Clanricard Burke lordship, c1440 - 1640'.
Admission is FREE. Don’t miss this wonderful, compelling and engaging event.
Let the wonderful surroundings of Claregalway Castle inspire you. Let the artist in you shine!
The Galway Garden Festival
Watch out for the many events planned for 2018, including our renowned Galway Garden Festival (early July) - a showcase for the very best of rare and special plant traders from all over Ireland.
The speakers forum at the Garden Festival features internationally renowned experts, along with a feast of outdoor music, an archery display by Living Longbows, a children's programme full of surprises, open air entertainment, craft and food....making this festival an explosion of colour, scent, sound, texture and tastes to remember!
Other Planned Events for 2018:
- September 9th - Autumn Garden Fair - details to follow
- September 29th - October 1st Medieval Tournament details to follow
- October 4th - De Burgo lecture - details to follow
- December - Christmas Craft Fair 2018