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Newtown Castle, Ballyvaughan

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Newtown Castle is a 16th-century tower house, located close to the village of Ballyvaughan within the Burren area of County Clare, Ireland. Uniquely for a tower house of its type in Ireland, Newtown Castle is round but rises from a square pyramidical base. It is today part of the Burren College of Art.HistoryNewtown Castle was built circa 1550 for the O'Brien clan. In the Forfeitures and Distribution books of 1641 it was listed as property of Donogh O'Brien. However, Newtown Castle soon passed into possession of the O'Lochlainn (or O'Loghlen) family, the most powerful clan of the area. The Ordnance Survey of 1839 names Charles O'Loghlen as inhabitant of the castle and describes the tower as being in good repair. Charles O'Loghlen was locally known as the "King of the Burren".In 1848, the landlord, the then Marquess of Buckingham who had been bankrupted sold the local lands. The Buckingham estates in County Clare, around 7,000 acres in the Barony of Burren were purchased for 30,000 pounds by one Richard Samuel Guinness, acting as agent for Colonel Henry White.At the time of the Griffith's valuation in the 1850s, the building next to the castle, erected c. 1820, was a rectory inhabited by the Reverend Hugh B. Howlett.
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  • There are a lot of castles in Ireland and all appear on tourist itineraries. This is abandoned. Admission is free and is about a tower with a different configuration, it looks like a rocket. Has multiple floors and the ascent is made by a spiral staircase. Is practically empty. (unfortunately with many chairs, which are out of place in time to back the Castle). The Windows have a view.
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  • This is one of the many historic and beautiful sights in Ballyvaughn. It's an impressive tower house, worth a stop. 
  • My husband and I came to Ireland this past May for our destination wedding. We did a lot of researching before we landed on Newtown Castle for our ceremony. We had the castle's first outdoor wedding u...  more »