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Dating back to 1810, when it was built by the Lambert family, Castle Ellen is situated on 33 acres of land, 13.5 miles from Galway City and 2.5 miles from Athenry.

The house is located in a beautiful woodland setting. It is a haven of tranquillity, where one can enjoy a sense of timelessness and connection to nature.
The aim of the proprietor, Mr Michael Keaney, is to maintain the house as close as possible to the way it was at the end of the 19th century. Michael bought Castle Ellen in 1974 when it was in an advanced state of disrepair. He has since made super-human efforts to restore it to some of its former glory, and under his auspices, the house has been home to many artists, sculptors, and poets, and provides an oasis of calm and reflection in the busy modern world.

Various social events are also held at Castle Ellen, such as the annual New Year’s Eve Ball, and a military ball on St Patrick’s Day. Summer schools on related historical matters have also taken place at the house. For instance, the Lambert Symposium, which explored the history of the Lambert family and their links with the area, took place at Castle Ellen in June 1999.


Mailing Address: Castle Ellen House, Castle Ellen, Athenry, Co Galway, Ireland

Telephone: 087-2747692 or INTL callers 00353-87-2747692