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Annaghkeen Castle
 

County

Galway

Coordinates

N 53° 26' 48.0"   W 009° 11' 46.2"

Nearest town

Headford

Grid Ref.

M 20539 44732

Map No.

45

Elevation a.s.l. (m)

13

Date of visit

Thursday 14 June 2018

GPS Accuracy (m)

3
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Annaghkeen Castle seen from the west, on the shore of Lough Corrib.


Annaghkeen Castle is a square keep. All walls are rather intact, apart from the one on the northwest side.
It is said to be the oldest example of an Irish castle built entirely from undressed stone, that means that no tool was ever used to adapt a stone to the purpose of the building. Each stone was used as it was when it was found.

It was built by the De Burgo family at the end of the 13th century to defend their lands from the attacks of the O'Flaherty clan from across Lough Corrib.

The castle had a doorway in the southeast (140°) wall, but it's been walled up. Anyway, a large breach in the same wall provides an easy way of access to the ruins. All walls seem to have mural passages and stairs to go up to the upper floors. At the west corner there's a square tower still in rather good conditions.

Nearby, southeast from the castle, is a 19th century manor house. It's a three-bay, three-storey building, with three sides central bays.


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