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Renvyle Castle

Renvyle (Rinn Mhaoile - The Bald Peninsula) is a peninsula situated in North-West Connemara in County Galway, not far from the border with County Mayo.


Tully Mountain and Renvyle Lough. Looking south from the shingle bank that separate the lough from the ocean.

Renvyle is surrounded on three sides by the Atlantic Ocean and by the Dawros river on the other side. It contains the villages of Tully and Tully Cross. Renvyle is situated in the parish of Ballinakill and historically was part of the barony of Ballynahinch. The villages of Leenane and Letterfrack are close by and Clifden is the nearest town, lying 12 miles (9 km) to the south.

The peninsula is dominated by Letter Hill (also known as Tully Mountain) which is 356m high. The Twelve Bens Mountains are also visible, as is Mweelrea, the largest mountain in Connacht. The islands of Inishturk, Inishbofin, Crump, and Freachoileán lie off the rugged coastline.


The area attracts a large number of tourists. Facilities include a pharmacy, three primary schools, a doctor's surgery, two hotels, numerous B&Bs, a post office, supermarket, hardware shop, a church, community centre, credit union, several pubs, horse-riding, golf course and a crèche. Several festivals take place in the area including The Connemara Mussel Festival, Bog Week and Sea Week.[citation needed]

The world-renowned Kylemore Abbey is also two miles away and was the main place of education for teenage girls in the area until it was closed in 2010. Secondary school students now generally attend Clifden Community School or Coláiste Naomh Feichín, Corr na Móna. There are three national schools in the area, namely Eagle's Nest NS, Tully NS and Lettergesh NS.

Renvyle GAA, Gráinne Mhaoils and West Coast United are some of the sporting teams based in the vicinity.


The ruins of the castle of Grace O'Malley (Gráinne Mhaol) can be found on the peninsula's western fringe. Close by, in Cashleen, is the ruined medieval church of the Church of the Seven Daughters which was named after the Seven Sisters of Renvyle who preached in the area.

The Renvyle House

It is currently a hotel, is also situated in Rusheenduff in West Renvyle. It was originally single storey, with an extra storey added mid 19th. century. The timber used in the building of the house extension was said to have been from a shipwreck in the bay. [1] It was initially the home of the Blake family who were landlords and owned the peninsula as far as Lettergesh East in the 19th century. The house was sold before the War of Independence to surgeon, poet, novelist, classicist, wit and senator Oliver St. John Gogarty. It was burned to the ground during the Irish Civil War in 1923 by the IRA, as were many other home of Government supporters and members of Government. The house was rebuilt by Gogarty as a hotel in the 1930s.

One of Marconi's first radio receiving stations was built at Tooreena on the peninsula and operated for a short time.



  1. ^ Mark Bence-Jones, Burkes guide to Country Houses, P. 241
  2. ^ Tim Robinson. Connemara. Folding Landscapes. ISBN 0-9504002-5-4.
  3. ^ Ireland, Failte. "Wild Atlantic Way Official Travel Site - Discover things to see and do". Retrieved 30 March 2017.
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  5. ^ "Renvyle House has had a long and turbulent history dating back to the 12th Century. Now an award winning four star hotel which still retains old world charm with great hospitality, dining and service". Retrieved 30 March 2017.

External links

  • Media related to Renvyle at Wikimedia Commons

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