Moygara Castle, County Sligo and the O’Gara's of Coolavin


Kieran O’Conor, editor

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ISBN: 978-1-84682-797-6
November 2023. 285pp; large format, colour ills.

Moygara Castle, with its four towers, gatehouse and high curtain walls, is one of the most impressive masonry-built monuments in north Connacht. Constructed in the late fourteenth/early fifteenth century by the O’Garas, the castle functioned as a centre of their lordship of Coolavin.

This study of Moygara Castle marshals various fields of expertise – history, archaeology, architecture, geography, genealogy, geophysical survey and DNA analysis – to provide much-needed information about life in later-medieval Gaelic Ireland.

Contributors include Kevin Barton, Jason Bolton, Anne Connon, Phyl Foley, Paul M. Kerrigan, Máire Ní Chearbhaill, Kieran O’Conor, Maura O’Gara-O’Riordan, Christopher Read and Rory Sherlock. 

Kieran O’Conor is senior lecturer in the School of Geography and Archaeology, National University of Ireland, Galway.