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This beautiful castle located in the picturesque village of Kinvara, county Galway was constructed in 1520 by the Hynes clan on the site of a much older stronghold. This family are said to have been associated with the area since 662ad when the site is believed to have once been the royal palace of Guaire Aidhne the legendary king of Connacht . Sometime in the 17th century Dunguaire became the property of Oliver Martin and it remained the property of the Martin family until the early 20th century when it was purchased by surgeon and poet Oliver St. John Gogarty. Gogarty spent a lot of money restoring the castle and established it as the meeting place for several leading literary figures of the time such as W.B. Yeats, George Bernard Shaw, Augusta, Lady Gregory, and John Millington Synge. In 1954 Christobel Lady Ampthill acquired the castle and completed the restoration work begun by Gogarty. Today it is the property of Shannon development and is open to the public. It is commonly thought to be the most photographed castle in Ireland

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  • mekea
    mekeaalmost 6 years ago

    Beautiful John! Love the reflection!!!

  • Thanks very much Mekea

    – John Quinn

  • Nanmarie
    Nanmariealmost 6 years ago

    Oh John this is fantastic. Pure magic.

  • Thanks very much Nancy

    – John Quinn

  • Sean Farragher
    Sean Farragheralmost 6 years ago

    you captured the stars,,is that the plough,,,,,,,not been a star person,,,,,lovely shot

  • Thanks Sean, yeah that the plough or most of it anyway

    – John Quinn

  • Corina Daniela Obertas
    Corina Daniela...almost 6 years ago

    Amazing night shot John! You are great! Happy New Year!

  • Thanks very much Corina

    – John Quinn

  • handprintz
    handprintzalmost 6 years ago

    Wonderful capture and lighting John,looks fabulous

  • Thanks very much Trudi

    – John Quinn

  • Tara Johnson
    Tara Johnsonover 5 years ago

    I absolutely love this one! There is something so beautiful and yet so mysterious about this image.

  • MarekM
    MarekMover 5 years ago


  • Alicia Roberts
    Alicia Robertsover 4 years ago

    I could spend all day commenting and adding favorites…but I’ll just tell you now that I LOVE THEM ALL!!!! :)

    absolutely, positively, 100% amazing

  • maryrogersart
    maryrogersartover 4 years ago

    A magical place!! Wonderful photo, John!

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