Ballindooley Castle, Castlegar, Co. Galway
Landmark Historic Irish Castle located a short drive from the centre of Galway City
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This is a unique opportunity to purchase a landmark Historic Irish Castle, located a short drive from the centre of Galway City and presented for sale in excellent condition, having undergone a sustained body of recovery, renovation and repair over the last 22 years. Ballindooley Castle is a familiar sight to many Galwegians and since its construction in the late 15th Century many travellers and visitors to Galway would have been enchanted by its striking silhouette on their approach to the city. The castle is presumed to have been built in the late 15th century (approximately 1480). It is a Norman castle and was probably built by the DeBurgo Family.
The first written record of ownership was to Redmond Regough Burke. Southwest of the Castle lies Ballindooley Lake. It had the distinction of being shelled by the British Gunboat Helga during the 1916 Rising to disband rebels who were supposed to be gathered there to march on the city. Another suggestion is that it may have been the HMS Gloucester and not the Helga at all.
The Castle would have been probably used as a "guest castle" by the Burke Family, one of the ancient tribes of the city of Galway. Striking and dramatic, this noble fortress was purchased as a ruin 22 years ago by a Chicago attorney with links to the West of Ireland. Previous to this, the Castle had stood vacant and ruinous for about 200 years. A huge volume of work on this property has been undertaken since then with great attention to historic detail, yet it can be lived in with modern comforts.
The castle measures approximately 3400 sq ft and is offered for sale including all furniture, fixtures & fittings, curtains, drapes, window treatments, beds, tables, chairs, delph, right down to the last candlestick! The value of this can not be underestimated when one considers how difficult it can be to assemble furniture in a castle! The castle rests on about half an acre of land, surrounded by low walls and hedges with a gated entrance controlled by an electronic security system. The land is laid to lawn, with well maintained shrubs and rockery. The accommodation is laid out over 5 floors and includes a fine large double bedroom (19'4 x 17'1 with 11'6 high ceiling), sitting room with gallery above (16'9 x 19'4 with 18' high ceiling) and a generous living room spanning the whole length and breadth of the castle (25'7 x 21' with 14'7 high ceiling) suitable for family gatherings, parties, conferences, recitals, art exhibitions, etc. There is access to the roof where there is stunning views of the Galway countryside.