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Ballymore Castle   ~   Ballinasloe
Ballymore Castle was built by John Lawrence in year 1585. on the land he acquired through his marriage to the daughter of O'Madden. It was damaged in subsequent wars and repaired by his son, Walter, in 1620. John Lawrence Jnr. was dispossessed by Cromwell in 1641, he having espoused the royalist cause in the war of that time. The castle and much of his estate was given to Sir Thomas Newcomen. Ballymore Castle Lawrencetown County Galway Ireland
He leased the castle to the Lawrences for many years. On his death it passed to Nicholas Cusack of Cushinstown, County Meath. who sold it to John Eyre of Eyrecourt about 1720.

The Seymour family settled in the castle around 1700. The castle was modernised and a large house added in 1815. Thomas Seymour purchased the castle and lands outright from Giles Eyre around 1824. This family were to remain in possession of the castle until the early part this century. Mrs. Hale, a relative of the Seymours, inherited the estate which was somewhat reduced at this time a large portion having been acquired by the Irish Land Commission. She leased the castle to a family named Smiths and also to the infamous Major Belassy.

The Belassy family arrived in Ballymore in 1948. Using the false pretence that his money was delayed in being transferred from his English accounts. He sought and obtained credit facilities from many shop owners and farmers in the local area. Time passed but the excuse remained unchanged. The family car was often seen leaving the castle at night and returning in the morning. This was a source of suspicion and puzzlement to many though a few who were aware of what was happening were "encouraged" to maintain their silence. Staff eventually discovered that the valuable silverware of the castle was been removed during there nocturnal excursions. The major was arrested and received a short prison sentence. The family left Ballymore when they failed to elicit any financial help from the local clergy. Mrs. Hale returned and paid some of the debts incurred by Belassy to uphold the good name of me castle. It was subsequently sold together with its lands to Joe Naughton for 9.000. His family remain there to this day.

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