Doonbeg Castle was built by Philip MacSheeda Mor Mac Con in the 16th century for the Earl of Thomond, Daniel O'Brien. Turlough MacMahon of West CorcaBaiscinn took it in 1585. After his death in 1595 at the end of a fierce siege, the castle was surrendered again to the O'Briens. In the late 16th century the village of Donbeg formed around the castle that is located in the vicinity of our hotel in Clare. Today the remaining walls of the Castle anchor the village on the south east as the Doonbeg River slips quietly by.