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Clifden Castle, Clifden

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Clifden Castle is a ruined manor house west of the town of Clifden in the Connemara region of County Galway, Ireland. It was built c. 1818 for John D'Arcy, the local landowner, in the Gothic Revival style. Uninhabited after 1894 it fell into disrepair. In 1935, ownership passed to a group of tenants, who were to own it jointly, and it quickly became a ruin.HistoryJohn D'Arcy, founder of Clifden, had this house constructed for himself and his family even while he was busy building up the town. The Castle dates from around 1818 and served as the main dwelling of the large D'Arcy family for the next decades. The land surrounding it was among the first drained and reclaimed in the Clifden area by D'Arcy.In 1839, John D'Arcy died and his oldest son, Hyacinth, inherited the estate. However, Hyacinth was not as adept as his father at running the family properties and at dealing with his tenants. More disastrously, in 1845 the famine struck. Hunger, starvation and fever incapacitated large numbers of people as the potato crop failed. In desperation, many emigrated. As a consequence, rent income of the D'Arcy's plunged. On 21 September 1846, Hyacinth D'Arcy's tenants gathered en masse on his front lawn, begging for work or food.In the end, the D'Arcy estate went bankrupt and Clifden was one of several D'Arcy properties put up for sale on 18 November 1850. Thomas and Charles Eyre, brothers from Bath in Somerset and London, bought the Castle, most of the town and surrounding lands for 21,245 pounds. They had been the mortgagees of the estate since 1837, shortly before John D'Arcy's death.
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  • Because there is no signage and the road looks more like private property, we were not sure what to expect. Once the castle came into view we knew we were in for a treat. Most of the time, we were the...  read more »
  • I read about this castle on TA and just had to find it. We drove out the Sky Road from Clifden and almost missed it because I don't think there are any signs. But when you see what looks like a castle...  read more »
  • Even though it was drizzling, the short hike to the castle was well worth it. You can see the water and farmlands along the way. The path is a bit rocky but it wasn't too bad. The castle ruins were be...  read more »
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