The most photographed castle in Ireland & A generous King

Dunguaire Castle is said to be the most photographed castle in Ireland. It was built on a rocky outcrop in 1520 by the O’Hynes clan and takes its 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 whose 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 this castle was that its lords were always known to be generous and this continued into the afterlife. One example of this was a story about a poor beggar whom King Guaire had often helped in life and when the beggar visited the King’s grave he 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, the question will be answered by the end of the day!