Cloonacauneen Castle is just one of the many Castles in Castlegar Galway.

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

See Dynamic Yahoo map of this location (new window).

  • 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!

^Thanks Fidelma

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/