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Architecture of Galway

26 June 2014

1603 – St. Augustine’s Fort, Galway

Work began on the Augustinian foundation in Galway in the early 1500s. Located outside the city walls, the lands were seized in 1546 following the dissolution of the monasteries. In 1601, Sir Josias...

24 August 2010

1610 – Portumna Castle, Co. Galway

A semi-fortified house that was built before 1618 by Richard de Burgo, the 4th Earl of Clanricarde. It was the main seat of the de Burgo family for over 200 years, until it...

13 January 2013

1639 – Tholsel, Galway

Demolished around 1822, construction started in 1639.

30 December 2009

1664 – Clonfert Cathedral, Co. Galway

The original monastery was founded here by Saint Brendan in 563 and it is here that the great navigating saint is buried. It flourished for many centuries, even through times of great invasions...

15 April 2013

1720 – Menlough Castle, Galway

A sixteenth-century tower house which has been altered and enlarged at various periods – notably with a two-bay four-storey block of c.1720. A 17th century tower house with substantial additions. In 1786 Wilson...

06 October 2012

1779 – Tyrone House, Kilcolgan, Co. Galway

Architect: John Roberts Built for Christopher St George, ‘reputedly to the design of John Roberts, of Waterford’. Described by Rev. D.A. Beaufort, in 1787 or 1788, as ‘large and new but very bleak...

22 January 2012

1807 – Castle Gar, Ahascragh, Co. Galway

Architect: Sir Richard Morrison “In his exteriors he imitated mediaeval castles and abbeys, or preferably Tudor mansions, and sometimes combined the two. His interiors were richly decorated with ornamental carvings, the walls were...

23 March 2009

1807 – Issercleran, Craughwell, Co. Galway

Architect: Richard Morrison Issercleran or St.Clerans was the home of the Burke family who built the house c.1784, and was extended and remodeled by Morrison circa 1807. Formerly the home of film director...

29 August 2012

1815 – Clifden Castle, Clifden, Co. Galway

Constructed by John D’arcy who constructed the town of Clifden itself. Following his death in 1839, the estate went bankrupt as a result of debts incurred during the Great Famine and in 1850...