The Castle in Castlegar Village, Galway
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- Townland - Castlegar.
- Parish - " ".
- County - Galway.
- Coordinates 53.2983 , -9.0215
- See Castlegar Castle in Google Street View (new window).
- Elevation; 40 feet (12.192 Metres)
- The Parish and this particular Townland, gets their names from this particular Structure - " An Caislean Gearr" , the short Castle.
- Technically, a Tower House.
- Pollavurleen, is to the West, with a Boreen towards it, and an old Well, is just South.
- Richard Burke built this Castle after the his son was beheaded by O Flaherty; an over reaction perhaps to a demand for taxes. Burke is said to have only stayed one night, before moving out to Portumna Castle in the South of County Galway.
- This Castle has an excellent view toward the West (Galway City), and the South.
- A beautiful stone arch is still visible today, as are a number of narrow slit windows. Half of the roof is missing.
- The Castle which is only one of the List of Castlegar Castles .
- See more information on the Handball element of this place at http://irishhandballalley.blogspot.com/2010/04/castlegar-cogalway.html With side walls to contain the game of handball and hurling practice - this facility was used for for many years and could have been instrumental in the development of some of our Hurlers ?
- Connected to Ballinfoyle and Galway, by higher Water levels, in the past. See Contour Maps, for plausibility.
- Never lived in, according to folklore.
- Today, you can see the large potted plants which were placed there about 20 years ago, along with local place-names.
- We, foolishly, used to climb this, via the Chimney - narrow, even for us, wide, and certainly dangerous.
- This Castle played a central role in the Spellman Boreen Festival of 2009, and another in 2010.
- A Local Group, "Connect Castlegar" were instrumental in fostering a Community spirit.
^ 2009, complete with the Civil Defense.
^ The Place name carved in limestone and positioned against the North East face.
Below are some sample photographs graciously given by Connect Castlegar's recent project.
^ The Castle's interior clearly showing buttress stones and more arches.