Newtown Castle, Ballyvaughan

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Newtown Castle is a 16th-century tower house, located close to the village of Ballyvaughan within the Burren area of County Clare, Ireland. Uniquely for a tower house of its type in Ireland, Newtown Castle is mostly cylindrical in shape but rises from a square pyramidical base. It is today part of the Burren College of Art.HistoryNewtown Castle was likely built circa 1550 for the O'Brien clan. In the Forfeitures and Distribution books of 1641 it was listed as property of Donogh O'Brien. However, Newtown Castle soon passed into possession of the O'Lochlainn (or O'Loghlen) family, the most powerful clan of the area. The Ordnance Survey of 1839 names Charles O'Loghlen as inhabitant of the castle and describes the tower as being in good repair. Charles O'Loghlen was locally known as the "King of the Burren".In 1848, the landlord, the then Marquess of Buckingham who had been bankrupted sold the local lands. The Buckingham estates in County Clare, around 7000acre in the Barony of Burren were purchased for 30,000 pounds by one Richard Samuel Guinness, acting as agent for Colonel Henry White.At the time of the Griffith's valuation in the 1850s, the building next to the castle, erected in about 1820, was a rectory inhabited by the Reverend Hugh B. Howlett.
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  • Just not what I expected but we were doing a drive by anyway. It is part of a college I would not go out of my way to see it again. However near gleninagh castle...that is worth it!  more »
  • Unfortunately, the Café was closed. But the way was worth anyway, because the tower was opened. In addition, there was free access.
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  • We had our wedding at beautiful Newtown Castle. Due to the weather we needed a last minute venue switch and Newtown castle was able to accommodate us. The tower is amazing and the surrounding area made a beautiful backdrop for our wedding photos. We were so happy and our family loved to explore the grounds. The fireplace was a beautiful touch. We are so happy and it was the perfect wedding.
  • It's not a castle, but a tower. It's accessible and free. Pay attention getting there: the road is one way, you cannot get out from the same way you get in.
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