Cloghan Castle is located in Loughrea, County Galway.
The castle was built by Richard de Burgh, Lord of Connaught in 1236. They were one of the most ancient and influential families in Irish history.
The town of Loughrea was later fortified with a town wall, gates and a moat to the north, east and west, with Lough Rea as a natural defence to the south.
The castle was last inhabited in the 15th century, by Hugh deBurgh, a son of Walter de Burgh, Earl of Ulster.
For centuries the castle stood abandoned, until a historically accurate restoration programme was completed in late 1996.
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