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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  • We attended the medieval banquet as an excursion on our Trafalgar tour. The castle was in a remote area with beautiful grounds. When we arrived at the castle, we were greeted by a folks in beautiful m...  more »
  • On a recent trip to Ireland, this Knappogue Castle was one I wished to stop and tour. But when we arrived, it was closed, My guess is that it is only open for tour buses and for those wishing to atten...  more »
  • We were lucky to spend a night at the Knappogue Castle in addition to attending the medieval banquet. Knappogue Castle was not only our most memorable experience in our short trip to Ireland but it wa...  more »
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  • Often closed. Not very accessible if you just want a walk in the walled gardens. Nice setting though, if booking for a mediaeval banquet.
  • Lovely place, especially the walled garden, but not open very often, or consistently. Ok if you're a local and can easily drive by to see if they're open that day, but not so great if you're on holiday trying to fit it into your trip plans.
  • Amazing Mead, Food, and entertainment. Very accommodating staff. It's a must see
  • Beautiful castle and interesting experience. The people dress in traditional garments and involve the group in songs and theater.
  • Stunning place we attended a wedding here so castle was closed to public but was beautiful place with turf fires burning definitely worth visiting

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