Knappogue Castle, County Clare

The battlemented keep of Knappogue – built by one of the MacNamras in 1467 – and its later extensions were rescued from ruin in the 1960s by Mark Edwin Andrews of Houston, Texas, a former assistant secretary of the US Navy, and his architect wife. They transformed a mere shell into an authentic setting for twice-nightly medieval banquets and a pageant of Irish history which tells the story of the women of Ireland – real and mythical Queens, Saints and Sinners – in music, song and dance. The castle is open during the day, when visitors can see the interiors, restored and furnished with items dating from the 15th to 18th centuries.

Knappogue Castle is a hidden gem that provides great entertainment on your tours of Ireland.