In the rolling green hills near Galway in the West of Ireland lies Cloghan Castle, one of Ireland’s truly great secret treasures and a distinction of itself.
Cloghan Castle has stood on these lands for over 800 years. Originally built as an out post fortification in the 12th century, the castle was last inhabited by Hugh deBurgo in the 15th century, one of the most ancient and influential families in the Irish History, a son of Walter de Burgo, Earl of Ulster.
For centuries the castle stood derelict and consequently suffered the ravages of time and deteriorated into a ruined state, until acquired once again by the Burke Family in 1973. A meticulous and historically accurate restoration programme was commenced in 1974 and was completed in 1979. Cloghan Castle was bought back to life between 1980 and 1996. During this time many guests and tourists rented this wonderful castle.
However, once again Michael and Mary Burke decided to further extend Cloghan Castle. In December of 1996 further restoration began, 6,000 sq. ft was added to the original building. January 1999 saw the completion of one of Irelands most desirable tranquil destinations. The result is Cloghan Castle returned to its former glory and it is now regarded as one of Ireland's major historical monuments of the Norman Period. Indeed, the excellent workmanship and first class attention to historical and constructional detail have been widely acclaimed and publicised.
Cloghan Castle is now a unique destination providing an oasis of tranquillity and privacy. The Castle boasts an unusual blend of Old Norman personality and atmosphere, with the elegance and comforts expected by today's discerning guests.
Cloghan Castle is a testament to generations gone by, to the Burke Family and their determination, and will stand as a living monument for the future.