One of the finest examples of a medieval tower house in Ireland

Knappogue Castle is located near the village of Quin in co.Clare. It was was built in 1467 by Sean MacNamara and is a magnificent example of a medieval tower house. It has a long and varied history from a battle field to a dwelling place. It became the seat of the MacNamara Clan in 1571 and one of their descendants Donagh MacNamara was a leader of the 1641 rebellion. It remained in MacNamara hands until 1800 besides a brief confiscation for a year by Cromwell’s parliament when it was sold to the Scotts family. They started a major restoration and this continued in 1855 when it was acquired by Lord Dunboyne. In the early 20th century it served as the headquarters of General Michael Brennan and The Irish Free State Army and then passed into the hands of a local farmer where it fell into disrepair. It was purchased in 1966 by the Hon. Mark Edwin Andrews of Houston Texas who along with his architect wife carried out an extensive restoration. It has since been the host to two Irish presidents, as well as other heads of state, including General de Gaulle. Today, the castle is used as a venue for weddings and medieval banquets and offers guided tours. There is also a whiskey named ‘Knappogue Castle’.