I’ve realized I’ve posted about several places I’d stayed or visited in Ireland, and neglected to mention one really special location. A few years ago, I was lucky enough to get to stay for a couple of weeks at Castle Ellen in Athenry, County Galway. This 200-year-old domicile is undeniably impressive, and is situated on some absolutely beautiful grounds. There’s a gorgeous tree-lined avenue, and a large walled garden where I used to play hide-and-seek with Sydney, the resident terrier, when I was on a break from my writing.
The owner, Michael Keaney, is very gracious and has taken on the massive project of restoring Castle Ellen. Michael opens the property to visitors in the summer, and I’d highly recommend a visit. You can find out more here.
You can also learn something about Castle Ellen’s history – and see Michael and Castle Ellen on film – in this very interesting program from TG4, Ireland’s Irish-language TV station. (Don’t worry! It’s subtitled.)