The O’Dea Castle is an Irish fortified tower, located less than 5 km from Corofin in County Clare. It was built between 1470 and 1490 by Diarmaid O’Dea, Lord of Cineal Fearmaic. It is located near the Dysert O’Dea Monastery.
Owned by an influential Irish clan during the 15th century (the O’Dea), the castle had a rather eventful history in the centuries that followed. It was indeed the site of many clashes with the Anglo-Normans, sometimes taken over by them, sometimes taken over by the Irish clan.
Particularly damaged by time and the various sieges it had to endure, the castle is nowadays a castle converted into a museum. Renovated in 1970 by the American John O’Day, the O’Dea Castle was rewarded for being the most authentically reconstructed.
Nowadays, the building is open to the public and presents a vast exhibition on the history of the castle, but also on local history, from the Stone Age to 1922. On the programme are objects and remains that will allow you to go back in time and discover Irish history, from the first inhabitants to the Anglo-Irish conflict of 1910-1920.
The visit of the castle is possible, and you will be able to plunge into the heart of a typical medieval architecture, and full of cachet. It is also possible to visit the Dysert O’Dea Monastery, a monastery located very close to the castle.