Doonagore Castle

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Doonagore Castle
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Doonagore Castle, overlooking Doolin and the Atlantic Ocean
Doonagore Castle is located in Ireland
Doonagore Castle
Location within Ireland
General information
Location Doolin, County Clare, Ireland
Coordinates 53°00′12″N 9°23′14″W / 53.00327°N 9.38713°W / 53.00327; -9.38713
Completed 16th century

Doonagore Castle is a round 16th-century tower house with a small walled enclosure located about 1 km above the coastal village of Doolin in County Clare, Ireland. Its name may mean "the fort of the rounded hills" or the "fort of the goats"; it sits on a hill overlooking Doolin Point and, along with a nearby higher radio mast, is used as a navigational point by boats approaching Doolin Pier. Doonagore Castle is at present a private holiday home, inaccessible to the public.

While a castle was built on the site by Tadgh MacTurlough MacCon O'Connor from stone drawn from the quarry of Trá Leachain some time during the 14th century, the current structure is likely to date to the 16th century.

In 1580, it was owned by Sir Donald O'Brien but it soon fell to the MacClancys (or Clancys).[1]

In September 1588, a ship of the Spanish Armada was wrecked below the castle. One-hundred-seventy survivors were caught by the High Sheriff of Clare, Boetius Clancy, hanged at Doonagore Castle[1] and buried in a barrow near Doolin called Cnocán an Crochaire.

Doonagore Castle from the SW

Doonagore Castle was repaired in the early 19th century, but by the middle of that century had again deteriorated in the care of the Nagle family.

It was restored in the 1970s by architect Percy Leclerc for a private purchaser, an Irish-American named John C. Gorman[1] whose family still owns it.


  1. ^ a b c Korff, Anne (1989). The Burren: O'Brien Country - A Ramblers Guide and Map. Tir Eolas. ISSN 0790-8911. 

Coordinates: 53°00′12″N 9°23′14″W / 53.00327°N 9.38713°W / 53.00327; -9.38713