Castlegrove is quite an amazing place. I had a pretty good idea of its location, but was getting increasingly frustrated at not being able to find it. It turned out that I had walked within about 100 feet of it a few times and I was about to give up when I saw the sun hitting off some stone in the trees. So in I went and there it was. Hiding.

The house and vast estate belonged to Edward Blake but it would eventually ruin him. He decided that the road from Tuam heading north ran too close to the house so he built a new road to divert traffic away from it. This was just one of his over ambitious plans and he was unable to pay back money borrowed and so was forced to leave Castlegrove, when it was sold in 1853. He died 20 years later.

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