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Menlough Castle
 

County

Galway

Coordinates

N 53° 17' 47.7"   W 009° 04' 25.2"

Nearest town

Galway

Grid Ref.

M 28459 27875

Map No.

45

Elevation a.s.l. (m)

11

Date of visit

Monday 9 June 2014

GPS Accuracy (m)

3
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To get to the castle there's a 200 metres long walk in the grass, along a path that starts from a cattle gate.


The wonderful remains of Menlough Castle are announced by a nice gateway which is about 400 metres further north.
The castle is on the north bank of the River Corrib. It was built in 1569 as a tower house, but it was later altered and expanded into a two-bay four-storey block in 1720. It was the seat of the Blake family, Baronets of Menlough, and they remained in the house until it was destroyed by an accidental fire in 1910 in which three people died. It was then abandoned and fell in ruin.
Today it's just the shell of an elegant house almost completely covered by the ivy outside and inside. The walls have plenty of windows, the palace was clearly well lit.
The gatehouse 400 metres north from the castle has an archway flanked by a square guard post on its east side and a taller round guard tower with a narrow window on it first floor on the west side. Two carvings of animal heads look down at the entrance of the archway.


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