"Kinvarra" Kinvarra by pfsmalo

Kinvarra Travel Guide: 9 reviews and 20 photos

Although a pretty little village, situated halfway between Ballyvaughan and the eastern tip og Galway Bay, the only real thing of note in Kinvarra is the Dunguaire castle. Sitting on a spit of land the castle was built in 1520 by the O'Hynes clan from Galway. Taken over by the Martyn family in the 1600's, Richard Martyn lived here when he was Mayor of Galway, the castle stayed in the family hands for over 350 years.
Acquired by surgeon and poet Oliver St. John Gogarty in 1924, he established a meeting place here for other poets such as Yeats and Bernard Shaw, after much renovation. The castle once again changed hands in 1954, Lady Ampthill completing the renovation work.
Much later it was acquired by the Shannon Heritage Developement group who have since opened the castle and grounds to the public. The gates actually swung shut just as we arrived at 17.00, as preparations for the medieval banquet take priority.

  • Last visit to Kinvarra: Sep 2012
  • Intro Updated May 9, 2016
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    Dec 3, 2012 at 1:43 PM

    Hi Don, People I spoke to afterwards told me that, yes the entertainment is pretty good, but the food is average. As I certainly wasn't going to pay over 50€ to find out, I'll leave it to your goodself to read between the many lines.

  • Nemorino's Profile Photo
    Dec 3, 2012 at 12:28 PM

    Too bad the gates swung shut just as you arrived at 17.00. I’ve just had a look at their website (thanks for the link!) and discovered that they promise “food guaranteed to please the palate and entertainment to lift the soul at Dunguaire Castle.”


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