Ballindooley Castle is one of a number of Castles in Castlegar, County Galway, Ireland.

  • It is believed to be a De Burgo House and is built on the right hand side of the Galway to Headford road. This is a National Road, designated the N84.The De Burgo's (Burke - Clanricard) had Terryland Castle, and Castlegar Village Castle as well.
  • Coordinates : 53.308401, -9.028284.
  • Elevation; 60 feet.
  • This castle is unusually close to the road (relatively new); a few yards (metres), perhaps. The original road would have been the higher one to the North which passes through the Village and still exists today (see old map below).
  • Around the year 1990, it was bought and renovated to the point that it can be lived in with a modern degree of comfort. The owner is based in Chicago, but is a Mayo woman with friends in Castlegar.
  • Ballindooley Castle may technically be, a Tower House.
  • Put on the Market for Sale, in 2013, with an asking price of 695,000 Euros at one point (ref. http://www.premierpropertiesireland.com/?p=6580 ). This Castle was sold again in October, 2016 for 328,000 Euros - http://www.pprwatch.com/details/227918/ballindooley-castle-headford-road-galway-galway
  • Townland - Ballindooley
  • Look inside Ballindooley Castle on Youtube.

 

Maps

See a dynamic map of Ballindooley Castle.

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  • The Pastures that it looks to, would have been underwater at the time, and offered some defense as well as a navigation vehicle.
  • Turrets or Castelatted features were common and Psychological in Nature - offering a few feet worth of height for less expense and breaking its outline with the Sky - serving to impose.

 


1840 Map - For free and useful maps with copyright statement,

see http://www.galway.ie/en/Services/Library/1842OSMaps/

 

ballindooley castle

  • In the Photograph above, you can see it in its renovated state - taken from the back road of Ballindooley Village to the North of the Castle.
  • Its exterior was rough-dashed, presumably to offer some weather protection. It may also be the case that that rough dash was a common rendering practice and applied to castles of a particular period.
  • You may notice the narrow windows, a defensive architectural strategy which was common in castles and not a phobia about sunlight.
  • In the 1980's and if you had nerve enough, you could climb this Castle - and so could livestock. So someone might have nudged a few steps from the spiral stair case (hear say - folklore).

 

Helga Gun Boat ??

  • Some reports suggest that the Helga fired a few shells towards Ballindooley at the beginning of the 1916 Rising, to disband Rebels who were supposed to be gathered to march on the City?
  • See a photo of her at http://www.ict.mic.ul.ie/websites/2002/MichelleGeraldine_Carey/gunboat.htm
  • "The Helga was later bought by the Irish Free State and, having been renamed the LE Muirchu, became a fishery protection vessel until it was eventually scrapped in 1947" ref. http://www.irishtimes.com/focus/easterrising/eventfultimes/
  • Another suggestion is that it may have been the HMS Gloucester and not the Helga at all. Ref. Jmcg.
  • "Trust the Locals" -"Love is Blind but the Neighbours, aren't", A trusted source says that he'd have heard of such a shelling, if it happened - this Observer, believes him.