Castlegar, County Galway

Coordinates: 53°18′00″N 9°01′07″W / 53.3°N 9.0185°W / 53.3; -9.0185
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An Caisleán Gearr
Ruined tower house (An Caisleán Gearr) at Castlegar
Ruined tower house (An Caisleán Gearr) at Castlegar
Castlegar is located in Ireland
Location in Ireland
Coordinates: 53°18′00″N 9°01′07″W / 53.3°N 9.0185°W / 53.3; -9.0185
CountyCounty Galway
Time zoneUTC+0 (WET)
 • Summer (DST)UTC-1 (IST (WEST))

Castlegar (Irish: An Caisleán Gearr, meaning 'short castle')[1] is a village and electoral division in County Galway, just outside the city of Galway, in Ireland. Castlegar is also an ecclesiastical parish in the Roman Catholic Diocese of Galway, Kilmacduagh and Kilfenora.[2] It extends from Lough Corrib across to Merlin Park by the old Galway-Dublin road.

The eponymous Castlegar Castle, a 15th or 16th century tower house, is historically associated with the Burke (de Burgo) family.[3] Castlegar GAA club is based in the area.


The name Castlegar is derived from the Irish Caisleán Gearr, meaning "short castle".[1] The small Castlegar Castle, in the middle of the parish, was built by Richard Burke, 4th Earl of Clanricarde (1572–1635) of Portumna Castle.[4] The castle at Castlegar was a four-storey tower house,[4] now in ruin, which was used as a "guest" castle for the Blake family's Menlo Castle.[citation needed]

Irish language[edit]

As of 2006, the electoral division of Castlegar (Castlegar ED) had a population of over 1,000 people, of whom 11% spoke Irish daily.[5]


Plaque at Castlegar Castle

Castles in the area include:[citation needed]

Villages and townlands[edit]

Villages and townlands in the ecclesiastical parish of Castlegar include:[citation needed]

Notable people[edit]

Further reading[edit]

  • Ó Laoi, Padraic (1996). History of Castlegar Parish. ASIN B0006FCB88.


  1. ^ a b "An Caisleán Gearr / Castlegar (see archival records)". Placenames Database of Ireland. Retrieved 22 September 2023.
  2. ^ "Parishes - Castlegar". Diocese of Galway & Kilmacduagh & Apostolic Administration of Kilfenora. Retrieved 22 September 2023.
  3. ^ "Excavation report - 1997:194 - Castlegar Castle, Castlegar, Galway". Retrieved 22 September 2023.
  4. ^ a b "Castlegar Castle". Retrieved 22 September 2023.
  5. ^ "Castlegar Irish language stats 2006" (PDF). (in Irish). Department of Community, Rural and Gaeltacht Affairs. 2007. Archived from the original (PDF) on 6 October 2013.
  6. ^ a b Menlo and Ballindooley Castle
  7. ^ Cluanacauneen and Killeen Castle
  8. ^ "An Caisleán Gearr / Castlegar (townland)". Placenames Database of Ireland. Retrieved 22 September 2023.

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