Glinsk Castle, Galway, Ireland

Glinsk Castle is often referred to as the last castle built in Ireland, marking a important juncture in Irish castle architecture in the early part of the 17th century. In the decades preceding the 1641 rebellion most of the landed gentry of Ireland began to build large manor houses with less defensive features than earlier castles. Glinsk castle was built on the site of an earlier castle and is essentially a tower house, the only similar structure I have seen in Ireland is Kanturk castle in Cork, however Glinsk would have had a defensive bawn wall with turrets of which almost nothing remains. The house was built by Sir Ulick Burke around 1628, Sir Ulick was the baronet of Glinsk and the Burkes were also the Lords of Clonconway. Glinsk Castle was gutted by fire with no internal floors remaining, however the fine mullioned windows and beautiful chimney stacks are in a great state of preservation.

GPS: 53.65204, -8.43207

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