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Granuaile's Castle
Native name
Irish: Caisleán Ghráinne
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Type tower house
Location Glen, Clare Island,
County Mayo, Ireland
Height 12 m (39 ft)
Built 16th century
Owner State
National Monument of Ireland
Official name: Granuaile's Castle
Reference no. 198

Granuaile's Castle is a tower house and National Monument located in Clare Island, Ireland.


Granuaile's Castle is located on the east coast of Clare Island.


Granuaile's Castle was built in the 16th century by the Ó Máille (O'Malley), Kings of Umaill. It was a stronghold of Gráinne Ní Mháille (Grace O'Malley, c. 1530 – c. 1603), the famous "pirate queen." Her other strongholds were at Rockfleet Castle (on Clew Bay) and Carrickkildavnet Castle.

In the 1820s the castle was converted into a police barracks, when the purple slate flashing was added to the two bartizans.


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Castle exterior
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Castle interior

The main living room was at that first floor level with access to the bartizans and the garderobe.

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