In 1973 Cloghan Castle was a derelict ruin, all that remained of the fortified Norman keep built in 1239, were the walls of the tower house. Michael Burke always had an interest in history and seeing the ruined castle on a neighbour’s land he thought it would be a nice idea to restore it.

The aim was to recreate what it was like to live in a medieval castle, but without having to suffer the deprivation of thirteenth century living, initially with the idea of using it as a family home. We used local craftsmen and tried to source local materials as much as possible. While it was a huge undertaking we never felt we had taken on too much, we really enjoyed the work and feel that when we die we will have left something for future generations. It’s a landmark that would otherwise be just a heap of stones today.

Before long we started to receive queries from people interesting in renting it and with an interest in experiencing a stay in a Castle and very quickly it has gone from one or two queries to, now, when the Castle is hosting over one hundred wedding receptions and private parties each year.

I would like to thank you for considering Cloghan Castle for your special event and, like so many guests over the years, we hope that you too will have a truly memorable experience.

Michael Burke
Cloghan Castle

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