Renvyle Castle, a 13th / 14th century tower house facing the Atlantic on Connemara’s northern shore. The castle is believed to have been built by the Joyce Clan. Legend has it that a wedding of one of the Joyce’s was taking place at the castle and a rival clan, the O’Flaherty’s, interrupted the wedding and massacred all of the guests but one. That one guest escaped to give a recount of the attack and that the O’Flaherty’s had taken over the castle.
Around 1540, Donal O’Flaherty married Grace O’Malley (Granuaile) the famous pirate queen and they sometimes lived at Renvyle Castle when she was not away at sea. It is said the castle was partly demolished by Granuaile by a shot from a cannon while at sea. Grainuaile is buried in a castle in Louisburgh in County Mayo, just across the water from the Renvyle Peninsula. Today, the castle ruins are not accessible to the public, but the nearby carpark offers an ideal spot for photo opportunities.