12 Aug Dunguaire Castle , Kinvara , County Galway
Dunguaire , on the shores of Galway Bay , bridges thirteen centuries of Irish history from the early Christian period through generations of alternating war and peace and the literary revival of the early 20th century to modern times when its use reflects its historic past.
Squatting on a rocky outcrop in Kinvara , a few miles from the border of counties Galway and Clare , Dunguaire stands on the site of the 7th century stronghold of the King of Connacht , Guaire Aidhne. From him , the Castle derives its name – Dunguaire – being an adaptation of the Irish word Dun (fort) of Guaire.
Dunguaire is a particularly fine example of the tower houses , the remains of which are widespread throughout the country. Preserved as it is , in its complete state , with its enclosing bawn wall intact , it conveys an insight into the lives and conditions of the Gaelic aristocracy.
Dunguaire is a Castle steeped in history and is a must see on your tours of Ireland