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Ross Castle   ~   Oughterard
 
 
Ross Castle is located only five miles outside Oughterard, approaching from Galway on the N59. The O'Flaherties built the 15th century castle on Ross Lake, just outside Oughterard. The Martin family, which was one of the 14 tribes of Galway City, took over a large portion of the land formerly occupied by the O'Flaherties and built a 17th century mansion on the former castle foundation. Ross Castle near Oughterard County Galway Ireland
    
This mansion is known as Ross Castle. Ross Castle was once the residence of Major Poppleton, a former guardian of Napoleon, who married one of the Martin daughters. It was also the home for Violet Florence Martin in the late 1800's who wrote, along with her cousin Edith Somerville under the pen-name Martin Ross, Stories of an Irish R.M. and The Real Charlotte. They were known as Somerville and Ross and there was eventually a television adaptation of their work in the 1980's.
 
   
   






 

 

 
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