Granuaile's Castle

KilgeeverCounty Mayo

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Caisleán Ghráinne aka Grania Wael's Castle aka The Castle on Clare Island was built in the 16th century and is considered to be a fine example of a tower house.  It was, for a long time, the stronghold of the Pirate Queen Grace O’Malley (Granuaile), a historical figure in 16th-century Irish history.

The strategic location of the castle was vital to controlling the waters of Clew Bay.  In the mid-1820s the castle was converted into a police barracks and at this time the purple slate flashing was added to the two bartizans. It was taken over by the Coastguard in 1831. 

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