Places of Interest
- LISDOONVARNA CASTLE: It was situated beside the
old bawn or terraced garden wall of a later residence. A corner-stone
of a nearby house tells that the castle was built by Denis Cloghessy
in 1619 for Finin Fitzpatrick. The estate passed to the Earl of Inchiquin
in 1732. The castle next belonged to the O' Davorens who were traditionally
remembered as "very haughty, aristocratical and tyrannical."
The site of the famous 16th century Brehon Law School, in the locality,
had been established by a branch of the same O' Davoren family. Nothing
now remains of the O' Loghlen castle of Caheraclogan. Not too far
away is the site of Judge Comyn's house, once considered the finest
in the Burren.
- THE SPECTACLE BRIDGE: ½ km. to the south-west of the
town, it spans a deep narrow gorge through which the Aille River flows.
As it had to support the road at the top, a double arch forming a circular
opening was built above the lower arch, giving the bridge its unusual
and unique "spectacle" appearance.