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Doonagore Castle

16th-century tower house

Doonagore Castle is Doolin’s iconic tower house castle on the hill just behind Sea View House overlooking Doolin Point. It is a round 16th-century tower house with a small walled enclosure located about 1 km above the village of Doolin.

Doolin Castle

The castle was built around 1500 although an earlier castle stood on the site since the 1300s. It was built by Teige MacTurlough O’Conner and was in possession of Sir Turlough O’Brien in 1584.

The current tower house structure dates back to the 16th century, and it was granted to an O’Brien (Turlough) of Ennistymon (a neighboring town of Doolin in 1582. Doonagore Castle was not built of Doonagore stone. Its material came from the worked-out quarry of Tra Leachain

In 1588, during the retreat of the Spanish Armada from its failed attempt to invade England, 170 survivors of a Spanish shipwreck were caught by the high sheriff of County Clare, Boetius MacClancy. They were hanged at Doonagore Castle and buried in a barrow near of Doolin called Cnocán an Crochaire.

The Gore family arrived in Clare in 1653 and Counsellor Gore repaired it in the early 1800′s but by the middle of that century had again deteriorated in the care of the Nagle family and in 1837 was described in as being a round tower on a square base.

It was restored by architect Rex MacGovern of Lardner & Partners again in the 1970s for a private purchaser , an Irish American, John Gorman, who made his fortune from a cigar plantation in Ecuador. Mr Gorman donated the bell which is now at Doolin’s Catholic Church from his plantation.

Major repairs were carried out in 2012 by Mr O’Gorman’s step son , following an electricial fire in 2011.

Doonmacfelim Castle

14th-century Castle

Doonmacfelim CastLe dates to about the year 1500. It was the property of Teigue McMurrogh O’Brien in 1577. In 1641, it passed from Donough O’Brien to John Sarsfield.

Doolin Castle

During the 1641 rebellion it was owned by Donogh O’B rein. He retained ownership after the rebellion. Doomacfelim roughly translates as ‘’the doon (fort) of the son of Felim’’. Only the vaulted ground floor remains. The castle is now a national monument and can be seen from Sea View House.

The castle is now a national monument and can be seen from Sea View House.

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