The Knappogue Castle is a 15th century Irish castle, located in the small village of Quin in County Clare. It was built in 1467 and is still today in an exceptional state of conservation! A must visit if you are passing through the region!
The first stones of the castle were laid in 1468 on behalf of the Irish clan Mac Conmara (or MacNamara) who ruled the region at that time.
The castle was nevertheless confiscated by Arthur Smith, who managed to seize the building during the Conquests of Cromwell in Ireland (1649-1653). He then occupied the castle from 1659 until 1661, to be finally restored to the Mac Conmara family.
But the castle was sold in 1800 to pass into the hands of several owners, including the Dunboyne family who undertook major restoration work on the castle.
During the War of Independence (1919-1921), the Knappogue Castle served as headquarters for Michael Brennan, commander of the Eastern Brigade in County Clare.
Nowadays, the castle belongs to the State and is used for guided tours, medieval banquets and weddings. Do not hesitate to visit the garden, which covers 5000m². When inside, the guided tour will take you to the main rooms of the Knappogue Castle, such as its living room, bedrooms and library. The place is magnificent, and the period furniture is quite exceptional!
For the anecdote, an Irish whiskey named Knappogue Castle is produced in Northern Ireland by the Bushmills distillery. It refers directly to the castle of the county of Clare…