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Dunluce Castle, Bushmills, Co. Antrim

Dunluce Castle sits dramatically on the north Antrim shoreline near the town of Bushmills. The castle sits on a basalt outcrop which is linked to the mainland by bridge. It’s believed this isolated site was attractive to the original inhabitants who used it for their protection. 13th Century – Construction A castle was originally built on the site by...

Classiebawn Castle, Mullaghmore, Co. Sligo

Classiebawn Castle sits isolated and alone, creating a stark impression against the Sligo landscape for those passing. The land around Mullaghmore The land on which the castle now sits once belonged to the O’Connor family of Sligo. After an Irish rebellion, the English Parliament confiscated the land and granted it to those who helped supress it. Around 10,000...

An Grianán of Aileach, Co. Donegal

The Grianan of Aileach is a prehistoric hillfort built of dry stone on a hill called Greenan Mountain, that rises to a height of about 800 feet some about 8km from Derry city. The enclosure is surrounded by beautiful views of Lough Swilly and Lough Foyle. The main structure of An Grianan is a stone ringfort, thought to have been built around 600 AD by the Northern Uí...

A look at Ballyshannon in the 1800s

From A Topographical Dictionary of Ireland, by Samuel Lewis (1837) BALLYSHANNON, a sea-port, market, and posttown (formerly a parliamentary borough), partly in the parish of INNISMACSAINT, but chiefly in that of KILBARRON, barony of TYRHUGH, county of DONEGAL, and province of ULSTER, 35 miles (S. W.) from Lifford, and 102 miles (N. W.) from Dublin; containing...

Rathmullan

Rathmullan, Co. Donegal

Rathmullan is a small, picturesque seaside village on the western shores of Lough Swilly in Co. Donegal. In 1607 the Flight of the Earls took place just outside the village in a place called Carolina Bay. This marked the end of the Gaelic chieftain rule in Ireland, a major point in Irish history. Some other points of interest in the village are: The ruins of a...

Fanad Lighthouse, Donegal

Fanad Lighthouse dates back to 1812 when a lighthouse was proposed for the mouth of Lough Swilly following the terrible shipwreck of HMS Saldanha. George Halpin, a civil engineer, was tasked with the design of the lighthouse and it was first lit in March 1817. The optic of the lighthouse was originally lit using nine sperm oil wick lamps and parabolic reflectors...

Donegal Castle

Donegal Castle

Donegal castle was built in the c. 1474 by Red Hugh O’Donnell sits beside the River Eske. The castle was originally the home of the O’Donnell clan. Around the same time he and his wife built a friary for the local Franciscans, and legend has it there’s a tunnel connecting the two, however this was never confirmed. In 1607, the O’Donnell clan...

Mary Anne’s Shop, Rathmullan

Mary Anne Friel lived near Elly, Oughterlin and worked for Mrs. Boyce in Downings. When Mrs. Boyce decided to retire from the knitting business she offered Mary Anne a choice of machines. Mary Anne chose two and brought them to Rathmullan. Being close to her customers was important, so Mary Anne bought two terraced houses in Kerrs Bay, Rathmullan and joined the two...

General Post Office (The GPO), Dublin

The GPO sits as one of Dublin’s most identifiable landmarks and has been part of Dublin’s history for over 200 years. Designed by Francis Johnson, the foundation stone was set in 1814 and it was completed in a short three years. GPO in 1916 When the Easter Rebellion took place in 1916, the GPO was the headquarters for the Irish rebels. When we think about...

Doonagore Castle, Doolin, Co. Clare

Doonagore Castle was built in the 16th century, on the site of a castle which had stood since the 1300s. Most castles around this time were built with limestone, however Doonagore Castle was built with sandstone sourced from a quarry in nearby Trá Leachain (‘Flaggy Beach’). The castle was granted to Sir Turlough O’Brien of Ennistymon in 1582...