Annual vintage show – Castlehackett
2017 Annual vintage show hosted at Castlehackett House will be held on Sunday 11th of June.
Castlehackett Show ground is located on the Headford side of Belclare village . Turn off the N17 (Galway side of Tuam), 3 km in the direction of Galway city – signposted to Belclare,Headford & Shrule – road # R333.
Sat Nav co-ordinates are 53.493331 , -8.977633.
Google map to the site is available on the bottom of this page.
NOTE :: Castlehackett House is not open to the public
Photographs from the old website can be accessed here :: Old 2016 website .
Photos from previous Annual Shows are available from the following links . . . we are migrating from the old site to this new one so each year will be enabled over the next month (april 2017) …
|2014 photos||2015 photos||2016 photos|
|2017 , June 11th|
Castlehackett , Knockma area
It was built by the Hacketts, a Norman family. The Kirwans, one of the tribes of Galway, settled there in the 15th century. The Castlehacket branch of the family was established in the mid-17th century by Sir John Kirwan. The castle was abandoned in the 18th century and the Kirwans built a new three-story house called Castlehacket which was burned in 1923 during the Civil War but rebuilt and still stands today.
In the introduction to his Fairy and Folk Tales of the Irish Peasantry (1888), William Butler Yeats mentions the family and Castlehacket, writing, “Each county has usually some family, or personage, supposed to have been favoured or plagued [with fairy-seeing abilities], especially by the phantoms, as the Hackets of Castle Hacket, Galway, who had for their ancestor a fairy…
Knockma Hill stands at 170m high and is the most prominent landmark in Caherlistrane in County Galway. It is legendary burial place of Queen Maeve and, in folklore, Knockma was the seat of Finnvara, King of Connacht fairies. The many ancient remains, including cairns, underground passages and forts, are evidence of a major place of settlement stretching back to pre-Christian times.
In the recent past, Coillte have constructed a high-quality tarmacadam drive and parking facilities at the entrance to Knockma. This provides easy access to the wonderful walks and delightful beauty of Knockma. The Knockma Hill area, with its ancient castle and idyllic Castlehackett House, is an inspirational paradise and well worth a visit for a relaxing afternoon.