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 Irish history, a son of Walter de Burgo, Earl of Ulster.
fortress is an archetypal 16th century tower house nestled
majestically at Kilchreest, Loughrea. Originally a 14th century O'Kelly stronghold,
which later became the main residence of the McHubert Burke
family from the 16th century.
Castle - Tynagh
best-preserved tower-house in a county which has many
The tower is 5 storeys high, with the third storey vaulted.
Beside having a guard's room, and a 'dog's hole', the ground
floor has an oven which was added later.
St. Brendan's Catholic Cathedral in Loughrea is arguably one of the country's
greatest contributions to European art of the twentieth century. It is an
absolute must for anyone interested in modern Irish stained glass.
The Turoe Stone
The Turoe Stone, located near Loughrea, is one of the
most instantly recognisable examples of ancient art in Ireland. It is the best
example, from a select few surviving examples, of a Celtic art style called La Tène.