Clifden was founded in 1812 by John D’Arcy. The D’Arcy family owned a very large estate, covering a large part west Co. Galway. Part of the D’arcy legacy was Clifden castle, a romantic Gothic castle which is now a historical ruin. The location can can be accessed by foot. The castle ruin is located just below the Sky Road, overlooking Clifden Bay. The castle is located approximately 2km from Clifden town.
Terence O Toole