In the 13th century the land around the mouth of the river Corrib was wrenched away from the O'Flahertys to build the Anglo-Norman town of Galway. This castle, built by the O'Flahertys c1500 has a commanding view of Lough Corrib. The citizens of Galway felt so threatened they erected a plaque over the western entrance to the town which read:

"This Gate was erected to protect us from the ferocious O'Flahertys!"

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