Known by many names, the two most common
being Kildownet and Kildavnet, after the town.
This tiny tower house, built in the early 1400's on
the shore of Achill Island, is not only notable for it's
picturesque settings, but also for it's associations
with the pirate queen Grace O'Malley. The
Tower at Kildavnet is one of a series of such
strongholds that Granuaile established along the
western seaboard. It is some 40 feet in height
and had 3 stories. The strategic importance of
its location, at the mouth of Achill Sound
was for protecting the passage that
connects Clew Bay with Blacksod Bay.
Also known as Carrickahowley Castle, this
tower house stands on the shore of an inlet
of Clew Bay, with the water lapping right up
against it's walls. Rockfleet was home of
the clan leader, Grace O'Malley, otherwise
known by her irish name of Granuaile,
pirate Queen. In 1574 British forces tried to
put a stop to her actives, but she repulsed
the attack! Grace later came to an agreement
with the Crown, and upon meeting Queen
Elizabeth, Grace refused to bow, as she
felt she was a queen in her own right.
"old MacPhilbins" Castle.
This grand ruin is set atop a grass
covered mound with the last rays
of sun slowly stretching over the
crumbling walls and grazing sheep.
road, because of it's prominent position on a hilltop.
There is no path or road to the site of the castle and
it is on private land. It was built in the sixteenth century
during the reign of Henry the VIII. A medallion found near
bearing the Ó Dochartaigh arms dating from about 1525,
and a coin of 1547 was found nearby.
When the O'Dohertys lost Elagh Castle, they took
refuge here. Sir Cahair O'Doherty was in charge
in 1601 and it was later garrisoned by Hugh Boy
O'Doherty. When Sir Cahair began his rebellion
against the crown the English attacked it but were
beaten back. After the defeat of Sir Cahair, Burt Castle
into the hands of the Chichester family. It is recorded
that it was in ruin in 1833 and has suffered further