Dunguarie Castle is located on a rocky outcrop near the picturesque village of Kinvarra. It is said to be the most photographed castle in Ireland. It was built in 1520 by the O’Hynes clan and takes it name from the nearby ancient fort of Guaire, King of Connaught who died in 662 AD. In the early 17th century the castle passed into the hands of the Martyn’s of Galway who’s family owned the castle until this century. In 1924 Dunguaire was bought and repaired by Oliver St. John Gogarty, the famous surgeon and literary figure. In 1954 the castle was acquired by Lady Amptill who completed the restoration started by St Gogarty. Subsequently the castle became the property of Shannon Development. Part of the lore about Dunguaire’s Castle is that the lords of the castle were always very generous and this continued into the afterlife. One example of this is the story about a poor beggar whom King Guaire had often helped in life. The beggar visited the King’s grave and said, “King Guaire, even you cannot help me now.” Undeterred even by death, the King’s skeletal hand dropped several gold coins at the beggar’s feet. So according to legend, if a person stands at the front gate and asks a question, they will have an answer to their question by the end of the day!

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