Ballybrit Castle is probably the most filmed of all our Castles in Castlegar Galway.

Often indirectly captured, this Castle is within the confines of the Ballybrit Racecourse and would have been included as the Cameras panned to follow the Racing.

  • Elevation: 144 feet or 43.89 metres above sea level.
  • This is another Burke house, somewhat preserved, recently.
  • This structure is rectangular, with its longer sides facing North - East and South - West.
  • Locals were employed at Race times, to prevent "young lads" from climbing and entering, in the past.
  • Defensive and narrow windows, may suggest the "political climate", when it was built.
  • Another asset in the physical Heritage of both Ballybrit and Castlegar.
  • Folklore suggested an underground connection between a cave at Two Mile Ditch (Pollkeen, to the North ), and here - take it or leave it. A similar course of action, may apply to a connection between Cooper's Cave, and here - more modern technologies than what we have, could decide it?


Some more excellent photos taken by Paul

^ The North Face - between the Castle and the Main Stands.

^ With the facade above, another door with a straight lentil is visible. Another opening is above it to the right.

^Some renovation work was done a few years ago, and you may note the new surrounds of the window slit on the left. One doorway with an arch is also visible and it is permanently blocked with concrete blocks. This facade faces toward the Lisheen Graveyard.

^ A clearer view, of that door.

^ The Stands, visible in the background.

Ballybrit House

Ballybrit House was a separate structure, to the South West of this position. It doesn't exist anymore, but was there, post the 1840's. We're currently trying to refine the coordinates of where it was and what is there.