Lynch's Castle

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Lynch's Castle information

Galway City , Ireland
cnr Shop & Upper Abbeygate Sts
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Considered the finest town castle in Ireland, the old stone town-house, Lynch's Castle was built in the 14th century, though much of what you see today dates from around 1600. The Lynch family was the most powerful of the 14 ruling Galway 'tribes'.

Stonework on the castle's facade (the real attraction here) includes ghoulish gargoyles and the coats of arms of Henry VII, the Lynches and the Fitzgeralds of Kildare. The castle is now part of AIB Bank and modern-day bankers may wish to shelter behind the thick walls from populist rage.