Aughnanure Castle Travel Guide

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Aughnanure Castle Things to Do

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    by Ash59 Updated Apr 4, 2011

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    Aughnanure Castle was built in the 16th century by the O'Flahertys. It sits alongside the Drimnneen River, the banks of which which you have to walk to get to the place. The short walk is lovely, through a small wooded area and then you spot the castle through the trees, looming up above you on the opposite bank.

    The castle is well placed on the low cliff above the river, which allowed boats to bring supplies right up to the gate of the fortification.

    Although called a castle, this type of building is really a tower house, which were fortified residences that were places of power and control over the surrounding area.

    Opening times:-

    May - Mid June Sat - Sun 09:30-18:00
    Mid June - End September Daily 09:30-18:00
    October Sat - Sun 09:30-18:00
    Last Admission 45 mins. before closing

    Average Length of Visit: 1 hour

    Prices in Euros:-

    Adult: 2.50
    Group and Senior Citizen: 1.90
    Child/Student: 1.20
    Family Rate: 6.30

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    by Ash59 Written Jul 2, 2003

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    The name "Aughnanure" comes from the Gaelic "Achadh na nlubhar" or "field of Yews" in English.

    Because of its strength and durability, the wood was used for all sorts of utensils, from axe handles to flooring. yew wood was also used in the production of the bow, because of of its high tensile strength and elastic properties.

    Sadly, only one Yew is now left standing on the bank of the river, just before you get to the visitors entrance.

    Aughnanure Castle last remaining Yew
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    by Ash59 Written Jul 2, 2003

    The view from the castle is lovely. Unfortuantely, there is no access to the roof which I was disapponited with, as I am sure the view would have been excellent.

    Had we know about this place before we visited, I think we would have aimed to arrive about lunch time and taken a picnic with us to eat in the grounds.

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