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Knappogue Castle, County Clare

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4.2/5 based on 110+ reviews on the web
Knappogue Castle is a tower house, built in 1467 and expanded in the mid-19th century, located in the parish of Quin, County Clare, Ireland. It has been restored and is open to guided tours.HistoryThe original castle was built in 1467 by Seán Mac Conmara (or MacNamara), son of Sioda MacNamara, and is a good example of a late medieval tower house. The castle's name translates as "castle of the place abounding in little hills". In 1571, the castle became the seat of the MacNamara (Mac Conmara) sept, the Earls of West Clancullen. Donnchadh Mac Conmara was a leader of the Irish Rebellion of 1641 and Knappogue remained in MacNamara hands throughout the Irish Confederate Wars of the 1640s. After the Cromwellian conquest of Ireland (1649–53) it was confiscated in accord with the Adventurers' Act and its new owner was a roundhead, Arthur Smith.Arthur Smith occupied the castle from 1659 to 1661. After the monarchy was restored in 1660, Knappogue was returned to its MacNamara owners. Eventually, Francis MacNamara, High Sheriff of Clare in 1789, sold the castle to the Scott family of Cahircon in 1800; the latter carried out major restoration and extension work. In 1837, the castle was owned by William Scott.
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  • Be prepared to step back in time and enjoy a tasty medieval banquet in an Irish castle. A hot mead drink is provided when you walk through the gates. The meal was absolutely fabulous and the drinks pr...  read more »
  • This could be cheesy but somehow it wasn't. The singing was lovely. The Irish dancer was great. The food was far better than you'd expect. They have this touristy venue down pat and it runs efficientl...  read more »
  • Good food, great ambience. Went with a CIE tour and it was great! Got to spend the night in a castle- very cool. Beautiful views. Found they bottle of Irish whiskey named after the castle and I have b...  read more »
  • I was a little concerned about this being too cheesy for me. It was cheesy but the musical talents of the folks over took that. The food was all good and the service was excellent. Very glad I went.
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