"Menlo Castle was built in 1569 and was the ancestral home of the Blake family until the 26th July 1910 when disaster struck and the castle was destroyed by an accidental fire. The inside was completely gutted and only the walls were left standing. One of the victims of the fire was Eleanor Blake and a short distance from the castle lies a memorial to her, which was erected by her brother.
Menlo Castle is a very well known local landmark and this magnificent ivy covered ruin sits in a beautiful location on the banks of the River Corrib. In the summer months this is a busy spot with people jogging, walking their dogs and taking in the scenery and it is well worth a visit if you are in the Galway area" (www.nobodyhome.ie).