Dunguaire Castle – (Dun Guaire) – this sixteenth century building is actually a house and a 75-meter castle tower, which has been restored with a defensive wall.
This building is located on the southeastern shore of Galway Bay in County Galway near Kinvara.
Due to its location against the background of the beautiful scenery – the bay makes it the most photographed castle in the west of Ireland and it is thanks to its charming scenery that it was repeatedly used for shooting films by such producers as Walt Disney, who made the film here in 1969 with Kurt Russell – “Guns in the Heather”, or in 1979 in the adventure film “Action in the North Sea” in which he starred, among others, Roger Moore and Anthony Perkins.
The castle was built in 1520 by the well-known Hynes clan who fought fiercely against Norman and English interference, and in 1924 it was bought and restored by the famous surgeon and writer Oliver St. John Gogarty, to make it a place of quiet seclusion and meetings of literary masters such as George Bernard Shaw, Lady Gregory and William Butler Yeats.
Dunguaire Castle has changed owners many times. The last private owner was Christabel Russel known as Lady Ampthill and after her death, the castle was bought by the current owners and it is in the hands of Shannon Development, an Irish government agency that restored the castle and allocated it for tourism purposes.
From April to October there are organized medieval banquets where you can enjoy a four-course meal, fine wines, and at the same time you can listen to folk music, listen to the stories or poems of poets who once met there.