Clifden Castle in Connemara, Galway, was built circa 1818 for the landowner and founder of Clifden, John D’Arcy. A great famine struck Ireland in 1845, by which time D’Arcy’s son had inherited the estate. People emigrated in their droves to avoid disease and starvation, while many of those who remained were forced to beg for food and shelter in the castle grounds. Some believe that these poor souls still haunt the lands of the ruined castle to this day.
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