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What else could I get for... the €475k pricetag on this Galway castle

We take a look at what €475,000 will get you around the country.
Oct 23rd 2014, 4:21 PM 4,308 0

FANCY OWNING YOUR own castle? Gone are the days of needing to ascend the ranks of the feudal system to the point of living like a royal.

This castle near Galway city can be yours for the not entirely unreasonable price of €475,000. The property has four bedrooms and is set in mature gardens of 1.1 acres.

castle picture 1 Source: Michelle Burke Auctioneers and Letting

Parts of the medieval tower date from the 1500s – with extensions having been added to the rest of the building in the 1700s, and work continuing up to as recently as 2001.

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The site is located in the Castlegar area three miles outside of Galway city on the Clargalway / Tuam Road.

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From the roof of the tower you can see – and pretend to rule over – Croagh Patrick to the north, the Galway racecourse to the east and the Burren to the west.

Here’s what €475,000 would get you around the rest of the country:

Central Dublin 

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This three-bedroom apartment is located in Dublin 2 just off of Lower Baggot Street which puts you pretty central to everything.

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It’s housed with three other apartments and is priced at €475,000.

Medieval tower notably absent.


For around the €450,000 mark in Cork, you could pick up your own private island. ‘Spanish Island’ is located off of the west Cork coastline and has come down from €600,000 since 2012.

island 1 Source: Charles McCarthy Auctioneers

The island, which is for sale by private treaty (meaning the price is open for negotiation), covers 130 acres and has a number of shingle beaches as well as the ruins of a stone-built farmhouse.

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Suggested uses include a sailing centre or a facility for marine activity – although it would also suit the needs of someone with ambitions of starting their own very small independent island nation.


In the south-east of the country you can get yourself a 22-acre farm for €450,000. The site also comes with a private well, which means you’d get half off on the water charges.

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As well as the main house, which was built in 2007, there are a number of farm buildings including stables and a three column barn.

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South Dublin city

If you looking for somewhere in the affluent south Dublin area you can expect to cut back on space. For €450,000 you can get this one-bedroom house on the Maxwell Road in Rathmines.

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What this property lacks in 16th century spiral staircases it makes up for in stylish design and location. There is also a large back garden area that leaves room for expansion of the property.

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Read: Can’t afford a house like this? Well, at least now we know who can

Also: 6 things in Cork you’ve always wondered about

More castles: 7 castles that cost less than a two-bed gaff in Dublin

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