An Caisleán Gearr
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Castlegar (Irish: An Caisleán Gearr, meaning 'short castle') 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. It extends from Lough Corrib across to Merlin Park by the old Galway-Dublin road.
The name Castlegar is derived from the Irish Caisleán Gearr, meaning "short castle". The small Castlegar Castle, in the middle of the parish, was built by Richard Burke, 4th Earl of Clanricarde (1572–1635) of Portumna Castle. The castle at Castlegar was a four-storey tower house, now in ruin, which was used as a "guest" castle for the Blake family's Menlo Castle.
Castles in the area include:
- Ballybrit Castle
- Ballindooley Castle (Ballindooly)
- Castlegar Castle (Castle Gar; An Caisleán Gearr)
- Cloonacauneen Castle (Cluanacauneen)
- Killeen Castle (Killeen)
- Menlo Castle (Menlough)
- Merlin Park Castle (formerly Doughiska/Doughiskey)
Villages and townlands
Villages and townlands in the ecclesiastical parish of Castlegar include:
- Ballybrit (home to Ballybrit Racecourse and the Galway Races)
- Castlegar townland
- Blake baronets, were local landowners from 1622 through 1910
- John Connolly and Joe Connolly, hurlers and brothers from the Connolly family, are from Castlegar
- "An Caisleán Gearr / Castlegar (see archival records)". logainm.ie. Placenames Database of Ireland. Retrieved 22 September 2023.
- "Parishes - Castlegar". galwaydiocese.ie. Diocese of Galway & Kilmacduagh & Apostolic Administration of Kilfenora. Retrieved 22 September 2023.
- "Excavation report - 1997:194 - Castlegar Castle, Castlegar, Galway". excavations.ie. Retrieved 22 September 2023.
- "Castlegar Castle". visitgalway.ie. Retrieved 22 September 2023.
- "Castlegar Irish language stats 2006" (PDF). ahg.gov.ie (in Irish). Department of Community, Rural and Gaeltacht Affairs. 2007. Archived from the original (PDF) on 6 October 2013.
- Menlo and Ballindooley Castle
- Cluanacauneen and Killeen Castle
- "An Caisleán Gearr / Castlegar (townland)". logainm.ie. Placenames Database of Ireland. Retrieved 22 September 2023.