Tuesday, August 2, 2011

Donegal Castle, Co Donegal

The Keep built in the 15th century, It was the stronghold of the O'Donnells who were the ruling clan in that area for one thousand years from the 5th Century. They can claim links to Niall of the Nine Hostages a king from the 5th century who was involved on raids in England and is said to have captured St Patrick and brought him to Ireland. The O'Donnells fled Ireland in the 17th Century after defeat to the English in the Battle of Kinsale with other Clans in what became known as the 'Flight of Earls' . O'Donnell burned the keep before fleeing Ireland to prevent it being used by the English
The castle which had been regarded as one of the finest Gaelic Castles in Ireland was granted to Basil Brooke. He added the Jacobean wing while restoring and built the external walls.
More pictures taken last year at dusk click here
The keep from across the river
viewed from the road
Jacobean wing added by Brooke
Fireplace added by Brook
Details of the carving on the fireplace
Boars head on the wall
Views from the grounds

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