Menlo Castle

Trip Start Jan 02, 2007
Trip End Jun 08, 2007

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Thursday, January 11, 2007

I was not planning on this trip to the castle but it just happened. Last night one of you friends talked about a Castle that they saw up the river aways right near the NUI Galway University. So, Mike and I went to check it out today but the castle ended up being on the other side of the river.

So head off to the other side of the river to find the castle. The castle ended up being much closer to our apartment then we everythough.(1.5 miles) So we walked down some really narrow road( the picture of the black and white horse is what we say during the walk) Then we ran into a guy walking and he directed us to the castle. We had to find the entrance arch which you see the picture of me standing there, then had to walk down a dirt road( this is where we made friends with this dog who followed us all around the castle). Then we came to a farmers gate to a field where we had to hop the fence into a really muddy field. The field ended up having a horse in it which you can see in the pictures. Then we came upon the Menlo Castle which was built 1569 but in 1910 burnt down in a fire. The castle was right along the Corrib River and was gorgeous. We explored the castle for a while which floor was dirt but the outside structure still remained. Then we headed with the dog to some fields near by to explore a little more. We headed back before dark and now just relaxing back at the apartments.
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harbs on

Menlough Castle
Well, I am a direct descendant of the Blakes of the castle. I currently live in Australia and will be visiting the castle in 2008. Photos were great.

harbs on

Menlough Castle
I am a direct descendant of Louisa Blake of Menlough Castle. I will be in Galway in 2008. I currently live in Melbourne. I am fortunate to have a photo of taht castle before it was burnt down.


kaiser on

Menlo Castle
I've been to Menlo, but never the castle. Great pictures! My ancester, John Fuery, grew up in Menlo. He left there around 1900 for Boston. If there are any Fuerys still there, I would love to know it!

petereye on

Menlough Castle
I visited this castle in 1960 at the age of 8. My father's mother was born Beatrice Maude Blake in Liverpool 1890, the daughter of (I think) the younger son of the 14th Baronet Sir Valentine Blake. Her cousin died in the fire in 1910. I understand my great grandfather was disowned by the family for marrying 'beneath himself'. Grandma was third of eight children, but kept in contact with only two of them in my lifetime and she died in 1980. I'd be interested to hear from anyone related.

Harbs on

Great to hear from all. I have a bible and a bracelet from the castle. Louisa blake brought them out to Australia.

Tony Lee on

My Great Grandmother was Honoria Carr, reputably the daughter of Stephen Carr, the Keeper of Menlo Castle in the early part of the 19th Century. I would welcome any information readers may have on the Carr family.

Skwisgaar Skwigelf on

This castle originally belonged to the O'Mainnins. Their descendants are spread across the world now and known as the Mannings, Mannions and Munions, among various other Anglicizations of the name.

The O’Mainnins were chief of Sodan, the district of County Galway now known as the barony of Tiaquin. Their ancient stronghold of the clan was orignally the Castle of Clogher, but later Menlough Castle in the Parish of Killascobe became the family seat.

Being a Munion myself, I'd love to visit this place.

Janet on

Great to hear from so many people. Close by the castle there is a cemetery where many Blakes are buried. Louisa Blake's first husband was killed by bushrangers in Australia. She migrated here in 1863.

Michael on

The farmland which Menlo Castle is on was owned by my late Uncle until recently. The family which farmed here was the Fahys and relatives still live in the residing area

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