Outside the picturesque village of Kinvara lies Dunguaire Castle.
A landmark on the shores of Galway Bay. You will be inspired by the legacy of literary giants associated with the wonderful Castle of Dunguaire meaning the “Fort of Guaire”, King of Connaught who died in 662 AD.
In 1924 Dunguaire was bought and repaired by Oliver St. John Gogarty, the famous surgeon and literary figure. This was the time of the great Celtic revival in Irish literature exemplified by the works of writers such as Synge, Yeats Shaw and O'Casey. It became the venue for meetings of the literary revivalists such as W.B. Yeats, his patron Lady Gregory, George Bernard Shaw, Edward Martin and J.M. Synge. Yeats in particular believed strongly in the
Celtic Bardic Tradition and set about reviving the ancient oral customs incorporating them into his plays and poetry.