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Ballymaquiff Castle
 

County

Galway

Coordinates

N 53° 08' 02.94"   W 008° 49' 19.74"

Nearest town

Ardrahan

Grid Ref.

M 44984 09607

Map No.

52

Elevation a.s.l. (m)

30

Date of visit

Tuesday 12 June 2018

GPS Accuracy (m)

3
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The castle far in the field. Seen from roughly the north.


This tower house stands next to a railway. The ancient and the modern within a few metres. It's far in a private field. Make sure to seek permission before walking to the ruins.

The castle was built by the De Burgo family, but it seems that they sold it after a short time to the ffrench family.

It has a doorway in the northeast (45°) wall. This doorway leads to a hallway with a staircase on the right-hand side and a main hall straight ahead.
On the first floor, after nine steps of the staircase, right above the doorway, there's a murder hole.
The most fascinating space of all the castle is the room on the floor above. It has all the spirit of a medieval dwelling, with arches, staircases, windows.

The staircase has 13 more steps before interrupting.


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