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Claregalway Castle

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The Very Round Robin - Saturday February 18th 2016 

Presented in association with Castle of Song and Turning Pirate.
The concept behind The Very Round Robin show is one that mirrors a style as old as the concept of the music show itself.  This event brings together three or more artists on stage for an old style music show, where artists share and collaborate on music, stories and harmonies, blurring the lines between the artist's individuals pieces. The Very Round Robin show, in true Turning Pirate style, also encourages an atmosphere where the lines between audience and stage are just as blurred, giving the audience a unique opportunity to see an intimate display of talents and experience among musical peers.
For this particular event we are excited to be able to present the show in the exclusive and historically restored Claregalway Castle. Castle of Song will collaborate with Turning Pirate and The Very Round Robin to set the tone in a very special space for what is to be an incredible experience for all who attend.  Travel up the winding staircase, take a seat in the top room of the castle, look down from the exclusive galleries above and enjoy this unique musical experience.

Ronan O'Snodaigh
Is a musician and a poet from Dublin. He was a founding member of Irish band Kíla as well as a successful solo artist. To date he has released 4 solo albums, been a large part of Mic Christopher's Skylarking as well as composing music for various projects including wildlife documentaries. Ronan continues to excite and wow audience globally with his shows ranging from wild and energetic to gentle and full of intimacy.

2017 Promises to be a big year for acclaimed singer songwriter, Roesy as he wraps up an Australian tour before returning home to Ireland in February to a nationwide run of shows. Over the past 20 years Roesy as shared the stage with international figures such as Bert Jansch, Ron Sexsmith, Paul Brady, Billy Bragg, John Martyn, Joan Armatrading, Donovan, Shane McGowan and celebrated author Paul Durcan.  His melodies have the presence to seem familiar while remaining distinctly his own; impossible to ignore or dismiss. The deceptive simplicity of his lyrical themes reveal their latent complexities upon repeated listening.
Ye Vagabonds
As they prepare to record their debut album, few bands can claim accomplishments as broad or boast the level of interest from their musical peers as Ye Vagabonds before they had so much as a recorded track.  Brothers Diarmuid and Brían spent their early years making music around their hometown of Carlow before moving to Dublin city and quickly becoming a staple and much talked about duo on the live scene in Ireland.  Before long the brothers caught the eye of film maker Myles O'Reilly (Arbutus Yarns) who put together some short videos of their music. These videos won the admiration of musicians and industry folk alike, here at home and further abroad.  Ye Vagabonds were soon invited to play Other Voices, along with numerous festivals and shows throughout Ireland and the UK.  After a chance meeting at their Electric Picnic gig, Ye Vagabonds most recently came to the attention of Glen Hansard who, after seeing them play, immediately invited the pair to join him on his recent European tour. 

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Claregalway Castle

 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 2015, 12 noon to 4 pm, Thursday - Sunday inclusive.  


 Nollaig Shona - Happy Christmas from all at Claregalway Castle.


Annual Christmas Fair at Claregalway Castle

Nollaig Shona!  We have a great weekend treat in store for all the family on 9th & 10th of December 2016 - Click image below for full details...



Claregalway Castle was the chief fortress of the powerful Clanricarde De Burgo or Burke family from the early 1400s to the mid-1600s. The Clanricarde Burkes were descended from William de Burgh, a knight who had taken part in the Anglo-Norman invasion of Connacht in the early 1200s. 







Exploring the 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 about 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 Clanricarde, Ulick na gCeann (of the heads/beheader), Ladies Estacia Fitzgerald and Honora de Burgo, the notorious Cromwellian commander Sir Charles Coote, the great Hollywood actor Orson Welles and many more.

Stay at the old Mill beside the Castle -a peaceful medieval gem on the banks of the river Clare in the village of Claregalway. Just 6 miles from Galway city centre on the N17 (Galway-Tuam) road...

Your Castle awaits!

Watch out for the many events planned for 2016, including our renowned Galway Garden Festival (4-5 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!


EVENT - International Medieval Tournament  at Claregalway Castle October 1st & 2nd 2016.

  Oct 01 - Oct 02: The first full-contact medieval tournament in Ireland for over 400 years will be happening at Claregalway Castle over the weekend of the 1st & 2nd of October.

   Armoured knights from across the globe will be descending on the fantastically restored 15th century Castle for this very unusual but very real martial arts tournament.

   Team Ireland, who recently competed at the World Championships in Poland for the first time last May, will have a tough fight on their hands with combatants from across Britain, Denmark, Spain and even the U.S.A all competing to take home the Claregalway Castle Shield.

This is not reenacting.
This is not choreographed.
This is the medieval tournament brought back to life.




EVENT - 2016 Galway Garden Festival at Claregalway Castle.

    July 02-03: Welcome to the 7th annual Galway Garden Festival. Galway Garden Festival at the Castle


Something for everyone:-

  • free events
  • music, bands
  • shows.
  • Talks from World Renowned experts on the natural world (and some other things too)
  • Something for all the family. World-renowned experts in various areas of the natural world come to speak.


See the website for more details. DON'T MISS THIS!   BÍGÍ LINN!





Heritage Week 2015 at Claregalway Castle

Click here to see Claregalway Castle events for Hetitage Week.Heritage Week 2015


   Heritage Week,  (22/Aug - 30/Aug), is a fantastic time to delve into your families past and your county's heritage. At Claregalway Castle we have a full range of events for you to come and see. Most are FREE. All are FANTASTIC. 

   Please come and join us!  TAKE a tour.  LEARN how archers bows were made!  SEE medieval warriors fighting methods. TAKE in one of TALKS. For the full list of events Click HERE or check out our EVENTS page.

HAVE A GREAT WEEK. Bain sult as an tseachtain.





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