Oranmore Castle was most likely built some time around the 15th century, possibly on top of an older castle. The Clanricardes, a notable family from Galway, used it as a stronghold. In March 1642 the town, Oranmore, joined Confederate Ireland in a rebellion, against which the owners of the castle, the Marquess and the fifth Earl Clanricarde, held out. Clanricarde supplied the Fort of Galway from the sea until 1643, when, without the Marquess’s sanction, Captain Willoughby Governor of Galway surrendered.
While ownership was temporarily lost, the 6th Earl regained possession, and in 1666 leased the castle to Walter Athy, whose descendents kept control of Oranmore until 1853. It was then abandoned and left to the elements.
Oranmore Castle was featured in the 23 March 2001 episode of The Scariest Places on Earth. It was also used for the shooting of Alfred the Great. It also served as a film location for the Jack Taylor (TV Series) film The Pikeman.
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