Knappogue Castle, County Clare

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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  • Really a 4, but energy and heart of the entertainers deserve the 5. The dancing and music were delightful! Originally, we had reservation for the banquet at Dunguaire Castle, but when the night's bus ...  more »
  • We had a Christmas night out at this Castle and had a great night. The staff were very welcoming, knowledgeable and accommodating. We had a fabulous banquet in the banqueting hall, it was a great expe...  more »
  • We had a glorious stroll through the castle gardens. It was raining, but was no bother due to shelter here and there.  more »
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  • We did the medieval banquet. It was a lot of fun and I'd highly recommend it. Food was great and the actors/entertainment was excellent.
  • Attended the evening banquet. The in period costumed staff said a superb job of both entertainment and service. The meal was surprisingly good, expected the price of the banquet was more about the atmosphere and less on the meal, I was wrong.
  • So much fun. Dinner show was wonderful. Really interacted with the guest. Food was good. Really didn't want the show to end. A must do if you can.
  • Love this beautiful castle and garden. Perfect venue for weddings, it's so Stunning you feel like you're walking around inside a painting of a landscape.
  • More of a mansion than a castle, but all the more comfortable because of it. Nice breakfast.

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