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Castlegregory - Caisleán Ghriaire - Gregory's Castle
Location of Castlegregory
Castlegregory Village is located in the South-West of Ireland in County Kerry. Situated on the Dingle Peninsula on the R560 road. Castlegregory is situated at the foot of a narrow neck of land which divides Tralee Bay from Brandon Bay.
History of Castlegregory
In the 16th century Gregory Hoare built a castle where the village is now situated. Tragedy surrounded this family beginning with the wedding of Gregory's son, Hugh, to Ellen Moore whose father was an old enemy of Gregory Hoare. On the day of the wedding(1566), Gregory fell dead on the threshold of his Castle when he was trying to stop the wedding party from entering his castle. The castle was passed onto Hugh and in 1580 Lord Grey Queen Elizabeth's deputy, stopped at the castle among Hugh's guests were Sir Walter Raleigh, Captain Denny, Edmund Spenser and Walter Hussey of Dingle. Ellen had objected to the arrival of her country's enemies and in a rage she emptied all the wine and beer onto the cellar floor. When Hugh found out what she had done he became so enraged he stabbed her to death. The next morning when Lord Grey was bringing Hugh to be charged of killing his wife Hugh Hoare collapsed and died on the very same threshold that his father had fallen on the day of the wedding.
An arched doorway from the castle of Gregory Hoare can still be seen in the village at Tailor's Row.
From 1891-1939 a narrow gauge branch railway from Tralee to Dingle with a branch line to Castlegregory was open. This line was very popular because of the beautiful scenery. However the light railway from Tralee to Dingle was dangerous and it was demonstrated by two events, the "pig special disaster" in which the train plunged off the Camp bridge in 1893, and some years later when the train was blown off the tracks by a gust of wind at Driscoll cottage.
In the Catholic church in Castlegregory is a stained glass window designed by Ireland's finest artist in stained glass painting - Harry Clarke.
The area has become renowned for surfing with the world championships been held there in 2000.
Castlegregory Visitor Attractions
Glanteenassig Wood - Castlegregory
Castlegregory Golf Club - Castlegregory - 9 hole links course
July Castlegregory Summer Festival - Castlegregory
|Aeroplane:||Kerry Airport is the closest airport to Castlegregory Village - 44km. Click here for details on Irish Airports.|
|Train:||A train service operates to Tralee (25km from Castlegregory). Timetables can be viewed by logging onto Irish Rail web site|
|Bus:||A bus service operates between Tralee - Castlegregory. The bus stop is located in Castlegregory Village. Timetables can be viewed by logging onto Bus Eireann web site|
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If you are interested in accommodation in the ajoining area of Maharees, please click on the following link: Maharees
Kellihers B&B, Castlegregory
Kellihers B&B is situated in Castlegregory Village on the Dingle Peninsula, a perfect location in a peaceful setting on the Dingle Way Walking Route.All bedrooms are en suite with television and tea making facilities ...
Season: All Year Location: Dingle Peninsula Occupancy: Bed and Breakfast
An Tigh Beag Cottage - House Rental, Castlegregory
The property is located in Glanteenassig valley beside the wellknown forest park. It is 3km from Aughacasla village and 6km from Castlegregory village. An Tigh Beag has 2 bedrooms and can accommodate 6 people
Season: All Year Location: Dingle Peninsula Occupancy: 6 People
Maharabeg House - Holiday Home, Castlegregory
Marabeg House is a comfortable two story house located 1km from Castlegregory Village on the Maharee's peninsula with spectacular views of Mount Brandon. The house has four bedrooms, 3 double and 1 single, and so can accommodate a party of seven peop
Season: All Year Location: Dingle Peninsula Occupancy: 7 People
Atlantic Waves - House Rental, Castlegregory
Atlantic Waves is a luxurious, spacious, 4 Star holiday home on sea-front, approved by the Irish Tourist Board. All rooms are tastefully decorated to a very high standard. There are outstanding sea views overlooking Brandon Bay and miles of sandy bea
Season: All Year Location: Dingle Peninsula Occupancy: 8 people
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