The ruin of Shrule Castle sits along the banks of the Black River on the Mayo border, dominating the view of the village as one approaches from the Galway side.
This fortification built by the Norman de Burgo family, was part of a manor granted by Richard deBurgo to his son John in 1308.
The Castle ruin is now unsafe and is closed to the public.
A book about the life and death of Shrule native and SAS Original, Sergeant Chris O'Dowd, MM. Having first seen action with the Irish Guards in Norway, Chris volunteered for Churchill's new elite force, the Commandos, and served with Churchill's son, Randolph and novelist Evelyn Waugh among others.
He was awarded the Military medal for outstanding bravery and is honoured at the Mayo Peace Park in Castlebar. More information on this book here: He Who Dared And Died