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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  • Knappogue castle is medieval tower house dating back to 1467 and it was built by Sean MacNamara. It has a varied history ~ from being a site of a battle to a home. In 1571 the Castle became the seat o...  more »
  • In Quin, a small village not far from Ennis, was discovered the Great Clare Find, the largest prehistoric treasure of all Ireland but of which only a small part is preserved in Dublin at the Nationals. In addition to Quin Friary (Franciscan monastery, very interesting), is there to see the Knappogue Castle, an imposing Castle built in 1467 by family Mc Namara, famous gentlemen. The walls are well preserved, there is an interesting collection of various fittings. Maybe it's a bit neglected, works as an assembly line for banquet evening, in my opinion the tourist price a little high. Still to be seen.
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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 »
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  • Knappogue castle is medieval tower house dating back to 1467 and it was built by Sean MacNamara. It has a varied history ~ from being a site of a battle to a home. In 1571 the Castle became the seat of the MacNamara Clan, part of the Dalcassians. In 1659 it was confiscated by Cromwell's parliament and granted to Arthur Smith. When the monarchy was restored in 1670 Knappogue was returned to the MacNamaras. The MacNamara Clan sold the castle in 1800 when they experienced financial difficult, and it has changed hands a number of times subsequently. Today you can visit the walled garden or attend a medieval banquet both are well worth the effort. The walled garden itself is peaceful and well maintained garden.
  • Awesome evening here. Great food good wine and great entertainment 😆
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.

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