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Aughnanure Castle
Coat of Arms of the O'Flahertys
Caisleán Achadh na nlubhar
County Galway, Connacht
Near Oughterard in Ireland
Aughnanure Castle (
Location in Ireland
Location in Ireland
Aughnanure Castle
Location in Ireland
Coordinates 53°25′04″N 9°16′16″W / 53.41778°N 9.27111°W / 53.41778; -9.27111
Type Tower house
Site information
Owner Dúchas
Open to
the public
Condition Ruined
Site history
Built 16th Century
Built by O'Flaherty
In use 17th Century
Fate Fell to ruin
Battles/wars Siege of Galway

Aughnanure Castle (Caisleán Achadh na nlubhar in Irish) is a tower house in Oughterard, County Galway, Ireland.


The castle was built by the O'Flaherty family in the 16th century, one of Connacht's most notable lord families. Aughnanure is one of over 200 tower houses in County Galway, constructed mainly by Gaelic and Anglo-Norman land owning families. The tower lies close to the shores of Lough Corrib, and translates to "the field of the yews" in Irish (Achadh na nlubhar).

The castle was controlled by the O'Flaherty chieftains until 1572, when it was captured by Sir Edward Fitton, President of Connaught, and granted to a junior member of the clan who accepted the legal formalities of recognizing "the Crown." It was used to blockade Galway during the Cromwellian invasion. Soon after, it was granted to the Earl of Clanrickard, and then reclaimed by the O'Flahertys. It later fell into the hands of Lord St George as the foreclosure of a mortgage. It is now managed by the Office of Public Works, the Irish State body responsible for national monuments and historic properties.

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