Historic houses and castles

Castle Ellen House

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Athenry, Galway,
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Castle Ellen House is a manor house with enclosed yard built in 1810 standing on 20 acres, largely woodland. It is situated 4km from Athenry on the Tuam road.

Castle Ellen House was built in 1810 by the Lambert Family who had, by that time out-grown their original home a small castle which had been built in 1679. The ruins of the castle can be seen today as one stands at the front door of Castle Ellen House. The impressive gated entrance gives way to a long winding avenue, shaded by native trees which widens out to give you a stunning view of the house.

The architectural Features of Castle Ellen includes a swept limestone entrance, basement wine cellar with brick-arched compartments, decorative plaster work, limestone floor in the basement kitchen and a wide variety of open fireplaces.

Castle Ellen was purchased by Míceál Keaney in 1974 in an advanced state of disrepair. It's restoration has been a slow and painstaking labour of love in the years that followed with Míceal working tirelessly on the project. The many fires throughout the house burn only wood, no coal or oil heating is used in the house. Míceal's other great passion is the Irish language and he would be delighted to converse with you as Gaeilge if you have a cúpla focal! It is a haven of peace and tranquillity where one can escape from the hustle and bustle and reconnect with nature.

Notable visitors to Castle Ellen in its heyday include Sir Edward Carson, known as the architect of Norther Ireland, whose mother was Isabella Lambert. Carson spent many summer holidays in Castle Ellen House and it has often been speculated as to whether or not he was joined on any of these visits by his good friend from Trinity College, Oscar Wilde.