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Knappogue Castle, County Clare
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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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  • The banquet was enjoyable. The cast was very entertaining. It wasn't exactly what I thought it was going to be, but they did the very best they could with such small space. I didn't like everything on...  more »
  • Almost seen as Bunrattys little sister this is a great location in its own right. The banquet is equally as good , with the same menu and novelties of eating with ones fingers and drinking Mead ect an...  more »
  • Best show included in the medieval banquet. The feast itself is simple. Presentation of singing, dancing and of course, the participation of the guests is a lot of fun. The team leaves us comfortable, always attentive. The King and Queen dictate the rules at the banquet. The Castle has a beautiful garden. The castle is open for tours this year, only medieval banquet.
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  • This was the most enjoyable experiences in Ireland! Amazing music, drinks, people, and talent. It really made for an unforgettable evening.
  • This is a truly unforgettable experience, you can stay in the fantastic apartment and have the very exclusive use of the property. There is a medieval banquet each evening that you may attend and then just head upstairs to sitting room to relax before heading to bed.
  • Great food, good show, beautiful castle. Went here with a tour and it was able to handle the size group very well. Similar to a medieval times without the jousting and with utensils.
  • Stunning place we attended a wedding here so castle was closed to public but was beautiful place with turf fires burning definitely worth visiting
  • 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.