Built in 1520 Dunguaire later became the meeting place for Celtic revivalists like Yeats and Shaw.
Dunguaire Castle and its history lies at the heart of the Ireland’s literary revival in the early 20th century. It was built in 1520 by the O’Hynes clan on the picturesque shores of Galway Bay. This restored 16th century tower house sits on a rocky outcrop on the shores of Galway Bay.
In 1924 Dunguaire was bought and repaired by Oliver St. John Gogarty, the famous surgeon and literary figure. This was the time of the great Celtic revival in Irish literature exemplified by the works of writers such as Synge, Yeats Shaw and O’Casey. It became the venue for meetings of the literary revivalists such as W.B. Yeats, his patron Lady Gregory, George Bernard Shaw, Edward Martin and J.M. Synge. Yeats in particular believed strongly in the Celtic Bardic Tradition and set about reviving the ancient oral customs incorporating them into his plays and poetry.
In 1954 the castle was acquired by Christobel Lady Amptill who completed the restoration started by Oliver St. John Gogarty. Subsequently the castle became the property of Shannon Heritage. Today the restored castle gives an insight into the lifestyle of the people who lived from 1520 to modern times. From April to October you can enjoy fabulous entertainment and locally sourced food at the renowned castle banquet.
From April to October you can enjoy fabulous entertainment and locally sourced food at the renowned castle banquet. In the tradition of the medieval ‘King Guaire’ you are welcomed to savour a delicious four course dinner at Dunguaire Castle on the majestic shores of Galway Bay. Enjoy fine wines, stories and excerpts selected to lift the soul and lighten the heart.
This 16th century tower house sits on a rocky outcrop on the shores of Galway Bay its architecture is simple yet magnificent. A short stroll from the village for you to enjoy as the castle is just 300 yards outside the lovely village of Kinvara.
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Dunguaire Castle Banquet Video
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- Banquet from April to October
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