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Portumna Castle

Slate Sundial at Portumna Castle

There is an undated slate sundial in the kitchen garden of Portumna Castle. Only hour lines are engraved, marked in Arabic numerals from 3 a.m. to 9 p.m. with the cardinal compass points instead of numerals at the appropriate spots. It bears the inscription “BENEATH THE CLOUDS OF LIFE WE SEEK THE SON”
The great semi-fortified house at Portumna was built before 1618 by Richard Burke or de Burgo, 4th Earl of Clanricarde. It was the main seat of the de Burgo family for over 200 years, until it was gutted by fire in 1826. The ground floor of the house and the 17th century walled kitchen garden have been restored and are open to the public.

The castle is in the town of Portumna which is located on the N65 road in the South East of County Galway on the border with County Tipperary.

Lat 53° 5' North   Long 8° 13' West

Irish Grid    M  185330   204300

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