It is also one of our true Heritage assets, unique in that it is adapted to embrace modernity as well.
Coordinates for Cloonacauneen Castle: 53.322849, -8.988361
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- Townland - Cloonacauneen (lawn of the little tribute) -
- This is a Limestone structure featuring Four storeys and a square tower house built around the year 1450 with an extension added around 1855.
- This was Martin Blake Country (1835 ish) - probably owned by Faire , for a while.
- The property later passed into the hands of Mr Fair "who built against it a Tudor house", his descendant Dr Fair of Ballinasloe sold it to the Estates Commissioners". Ref. from Library. A House against a Tower House, looks the case, today.
- Renovated around 1963 and many times since, most likely. (ref. Council in P.D.F.).
- The Castellated features on top, are lit at night and still draw a sense of mystery, as you descend from the elevated position of the Galway to Tuam road (N17).
- This Castle doesn't have the Grandiosity of Ashford, but has a lot more intimacy - a quality which makes it popular for parties, Civil Marraiges and other family unions.
- Food is offered today, in its Restaurant.
- Immediately North, is an old bog which stretches to the Headford Road. This offers some insight into the great engineers of the past who could position a heavy Castle so close to a bog, but not on it.
- South of the Cloonacauneen Castle, is the old Holy Well of Tober Rí Doney (Toberreendoney - Well of the King of Sunday). To its West is the other Holy Well of Tobermacduaigh.
- Corinthians Rugby Club is to the South.
- Cloonacauneen Castle is in the Townland of Cloonacauneen, East of Pollkeen and North East of Killeen.
- In the context of Glacial scraping of this entire region, this Castle is very young indeed!
You may be interested in the Families around here, in 1911 (new window)
^ Above, we see from this 1840 Map that the course of the road has not changed much either, except for the absence of a connection to Pollkeen; due South West.
*Free Maps (above is an extract), and copyright info., is at http://www.galway.ie/en/Services/Library/1842OSMaps/