Dunguaire Castle, Galway, Ireland

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  • Created: June 15, 2013
  • Updated: December 12, 2017
Location: Galway
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Dunguaire Castle is a 16th century tower house on the southeastern shore of Galway Bay near Kinvara. Today, the castle's 75-foot tower and its defensive wall have been restored to excellent condition, and the grounds are open to tourists during the summer. It was built by the Hynes clan around 1520, a family  associated with the area since 662. The name Kinvara derives from the King Guaire, the legendary king of Connacht. Local legend says that King Guaire was known being very generous and he continued this generosity into the afterlife. The story goes that a beggar who the King helped while alive visited the King's grave a time after and said, "King Guaire, even you cannot help me now." Undeterred even by death, the King's skeletal hand rose through the ground and dropped several gold coins at the beggar's feet. According to legend, still to this day, if a person stands at the front gate and asks a question, they will have an answer to their question by the end of the day.

1. Dunguaire Castle, Galway, Ireland

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