Caherkinmonwee Castle, also known as Caher Castle, is a tower house located in County Galway, Ireland.

Caherkinmonwee Castle
Native name
Irish: Caisleán Chathair Chinn Mhaonmhaí[1]
Caher Castle
The castle covered with a painting by Joe Caslin to promote a Yes vote in the 2015 gay marriage referendum.[2]
Typetower house
LocationCaherkinmonwee, Craughwell,
County Galway, Ireland
Coordinates53°14′13″N 8°41′41″W / 53.23681428355786°N 8.694800800831029°W / 53.23681428355786; -8.694800800831029
Built15th century
OwnerPeter Hayes
Caherkinmonwee Castle is located in County Galway
Caherkinmonwee Castle
Location of Caherkinmonwee Castle in County Galway
Caherkinmonwee Castle is located in Ireland
Caherkinmonwee Castle
Caherkinmonwee Castle (Ireland)
Entrance door

Location edit

Caherkinmonwee Castle is 7.5 km (4.7 mi) southeast of Athenry, on the north bank of the Dunkellin River.

History edit

The tower house was built some time in the 15th century. In 1574 it was held by Myler Henry Burke.[3]

According to the School's Collection, a stone weighing 150 kg (330 lb) was blown off the top of the castle on the Night of the Big Wind (1839); it landed on an iron gate 100 yd (91 m) away and crushed it.[4]

It was in ruins for two centuries until 1996, when stonemason and artisan Peter Hayes purchased and renovated it; he still lives there with his partner and children.[5][6] It is now available as an Airbnb rental, with the castle's master bedroom described as the most popular room on the website.[7][8][9]

Description edit

The tower house is well-preserved and stands five storeys tall, with bartizans on each corner and a spiral staircase in the southeast. It has machicolation and Irish crenellations.[10] The new roof was built with local oak, slate and no nails.[11]

References edit

  1. ^ "Cathair Chinn Mhaonmhaí/Caherkinmonwee".
  2. ^ Healy, Gráinne; Sheehan, Brian; Whelan, Noel (2 November 2015). Ireland Says Yes: The Inside Story of How the Vote for Marriage Equality Was Won. Merrion Press. ISBN 9781785370397 – via Google Books.
  3. ^ "Caher Castle". Visit Galway.
  4. ^ "Ganntaigh (Ganty) | The Schools' Collection". dú
  5. ^ "This Irish castle is the most visited private room in Airbnb's history". independent.
  6. ^ "Ever wanted to live in a castle? This Galway one is yours for €380k..." Daily Edge. 14 March 2012.
  7. ^ "Take a Game of Thrones-Inspired Vacation and Rent This Irish Castle Airbnb". 15 May 2019.
  8. ^ "Irish castle dating from 1450 and restored to its former glory is now for sale". 14 November 2019.
  9. ^ "The Galway castle that's the most-visited Airbnb in Europe". The Irish Times.
  10. ^ Spray, Aaron (15 August 2022). "Ireland's Cahercastle Has Airbnb's Most Popular Room". The Travel.
  11. ^ "Castle for Sale in Ireland: Caherkinmonwee Castle". 16 April 2010.