Perhaps the coziest room I’ve seen
Pub fire earlier today.
Clifden Castle, Ireland
The castle was built by John D’Arcy (1785-1839) in a Gothic Revival style in the early 19th century. John was a man of drive, energy and determination. He founded Clifden in 1812 and built his castle around the same time. He was married twice and had fourteen children in all, leaving one to assume that this was a very full and noisy family home.
Following John’s death in 1839, the castle and town passed to his son and heir, Hyacinth. Like so many landlords in the West of Ireland, Hyacinth became bankrupt as a result of debts incurred during the Great Famine and in 1850 the town and castle went on sale.The new owners, the Eyre family from Bath in England, purchased the town and castle for £21,245. The Eyre’s lived at the castle until the 1920s when the lands were eventually purchased by the government and divided out among the tenants. Sadly, the castle had no outright owner and, in time, was stripped bare of its slates and timbers and eventually fell to ruin.
One of the interesting features of this property is the standing stones. D’Arcy had these stones erected to imitate other standing stones around Ireland. It isn’t unknown why he did this, but the stones have been surveyed and it has been determined that they are not as ancient as D’Arcy would have us believe.
The ruins are located west of the town of Clifden in the Connemara region of County Galway, Ireland.
Awesome Ladies of History: Grace O’Malley, Pirate Queen of the Irish Seas
Grace O’Malley was an Irish pirate, Queen of Umaill, and head of the Ó Máille clan. According to Irish legend, as a young girl Grace wished to go on a trading expedition with her father, and on being told she could not because her long hair would catch in the ship’s ropes, she cut off most of her hair to embarrass her father into taking her, thus earning her the nickname “Gráinne Mhaol” (Grace the Bald). Her second marriage to Richard Bourke is said to have occurred in order to expand her holdings and prestige, and at the end of one year as dictated by law, Grace locked herself and her followers in their castle and shouted down, “Richard, I dismiss you” effectively divorcing Richard and taking their possessions. She protected herself and her territory from an English re-taking of Ireland; in protest to taxes put on her ships for trading, the O’Malley ships would stop traders coming in and demand payment of their own for safe passage in the waters.
Lord Odin is here, waiting to see which one of us he will take to his Great Hall.
Jetty View (by peterspencer49)