Late 15th century, the castle withstood several sieges until captured by the Earl of Thomond in 1590. In spite of having promised to allow the defenders go free, they were all hanged. The bawn around the castle is supposedly haunted by the ghosts of Visount Clare and his regiment of horse, the “Yellow Dragoons”, raised to assist James II against the Williamites. William Penn, after whom Pennsylvania is named, stayed here on his way to America in 1646.
Mac Duagh’s Hermitage, Co Clare
At the end of the sixth century, St Colman Mac Duagh went to live in a cave in an isolated part of the Burren. He stayed there seven years before establishing a small monastery at Kilmacduagh, near Gort. The cave has been a place of pilgrimage since medieval times – the ruin of the small oratory presumably dates from that period.
Vandaleur Walled Garden, Kilrush, Co Clare
The Vandaleur family were major landowners in Clare in the 18th and 19th centuries, notorious for tenant evictions both during the Famine and in the 1880s. The house, long since demolished, was located on the site of the present day carpark. The gardens and ancillary buildings have been wonderfully restored (and contain a beech maze and a life-size chess game) and admission is free…
Grange Stone Circle, Co Limerick
The are around Lough Gur in co Limerick is an archaeological treasury – megalithic tombs, crannogs, ringforts, and the largest stone circle in Ireland.