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posted 11-03-2000 09:50 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Jo-Anna   Click Here to Email Jo-Anna     Edit/Delete Message
Please help me in finding information from early days of Castle Hackett...My grandmother told me of it but died soon after.Her father was a Kirwan (kerwin). Thank you in advance for any help at all. Apparently Castle Hackett was part of our family at one time. I believe it's a B@B now.

posted 11-04-2000 04:15 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Levan   Click Here to Email Levan     Edit/Delete Message
Some quotations:

"Castle Hackett was a 13th century tower house located close to Knockma along the east side of Lough Corrib. A Norman family called Hacketts who settled in the area built it. This part of the county was part of the O'Flaherty's lands but after the Norman invasion they were forced to move across the lake to their other territories in the Connemara. In the 15th century the Kirwan family, one of Galway's 12 tribes, took up residence in the house."

"The Hacketts (Hacaed, Haiceid) came to Ireland with the Anglo-Norman invasion in the twelfth century, settling in what is now Counties Kildare, Carlow and Kilkenny. They are well known in Anglo-Irish records, and one of them, Peter Hackett, was Archbishop of Cashel in 1385. Townlands of the name appear as Ballyhackett or Hackettstown in Counties Dublin and Kildare, and Hackettstown, County Carlow is still extant. A branch settled in Connacht and became Gaelicized, forming a small sept known as MacHackett. They were seated at Castle Hackett, six miles southeast of Tuam. Some of these were known as Guckian."

If you're into mythology, there's also a lot of stuff on the web concerning Kirwan's fairy bride!


posted 11-04-2000 08:03 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Jo-Anna   Click Here to Email Jo-Anna     Edit/Delete Message
Thank you very much Levan. Your quick response is most appreciated. Frankly, I couldn't believe that you answered so quickly!! May I ask one more question? Does the building still stand today? Is it in ruins or is it a b&b? Are there any pictures of it in any book that you might know of? Is it still called castle hackett or has it been renamed? (My one question certainly turned out to be more than one!! Forgive me, I'm so excited) Jo-Anna

posted 11-05-2000 08:01 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Levan   Click Here to Email Levan     Edit/Delete Message
I've never been, so this is a guess, but "Old" Castle Hackett features on page 54 of Simon Marsden's book "In Ruins" (The Once Great Houses of Ireland) - the inference must be that the castle is in a ruinous condition, and, that there is possibly another, more modern, property known as Castle Hackett. There is certainly a Castlehackett House, perhaps this serves as a B&B?


posted 11-05-2000 09:14 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Jo-Anna   Click Here to Email Jo-Anna     Edit/Delete Message
Thank you again Levan. I now have someplace to go with this knowledge. You have been most helpful...if ever I can be of help to you please feel free to e-mail me. God Bless

posted 11-04-2005 03:53 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for kingdavid   Click Here to Email kingdavid     Edit/Delete Message
My wife is supposedly in line for the Hackett Castle. Her name is Claudia "Hackett" King. Her father's name was Joe Hackett of Long Island, New York and his father imigrated to America. My email address is dking661@sbcglobal.net

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