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Donegal Town in County Donegal, Ulster, Ireland
 

Donegal Castle / Caisleán Dhún na nGall

 
 
Donegal Castle / Caisleán Dhún na nGall Marker image. Click for full size.
By William Fischer, Jr., September 19, 2012
1. Donegal Castle / Caisleán Dhún na nGall Marker
Inscription.

Donegal Castle was built by Red Hugh O'Donnell, the young 'Eagle of the North', in the late 15th Century beside the River Eske. During the Plantation of Ulster that followed 'The Flight of the Earls' in 1607, the Castle, historic home of the O'Donnell's, was granted to Captain Basil Brooke who came to Ireland with the English Army in 1598 and fought in Munster. It is generally accepted that Red Hugh O'Donnell, who was proclaimed "The O'Donnell' in 1592, burned the castle to prevent it falling into the hands of the English.

The extent of the dominance of the O'Donnell's in the North-West is evidenced by the fact that Rory O'Donnell is recorded as surrendering fourteen castles to the English during this time. The Castle was renovated in Jacobean style soon after by Captain Brooke, however the remains of the castle consist of a much-altered tower-house and an adjoining early seventeenth century manor house at the north-east of the perimeter wall. The renovated tower house has many features of interest, including a doorway on the first floor and two fireplaces on the second, all of Tudor character.

"This castle is one of the greatest that ever I saw in Ireland in any Irishman's hands, and would appear in good keeping, one of the fairest, situated in good soil and so nigh a portable water as a boat of ten tons may
Donegal Castle / Caisleán Dhún na nGall Marker image. Click for full size.
By William Fischer, Jr., September 19, 2012
2. Donegal Castle / Caisleán Dhún na nGall Marker
come within twenty yards of the castle." - Sydney, 1566.

Information courtesy of A history of Donegal Town and its Environs, Sweeny, M.

Ba é Aodh Ruadh Ó Domhnaill, 'lolar Óg an Tuaiscirt', a thóg Caisleán Dhún na nGall in aice le Loch lascaigh go mall sa 15ú haois. Tugadh an Caisleán, a bhí ina ionad stairiúil ag Clann Dálaigh, don Chaptean Basil Brooke, a tháinig go hÉirinn le harm Shasana in 1598 agus a throid i gCúige Mumhan, i rith Phlandáil Uladh i ndiaidh 'Imeacht na nlarlaí in 1607. Glactar go forleathan leis gur dhóigh Aodh Ruadh Ó Domhnaill, a ndearnadh Taoiseach na nDálach de in 1592, gur dhóigh sé an caisleán lena chinntiú nach bhfaigheadh na Sasanaigh seilbh air.

Is léir go raibh ceannasaíocht ag Ó Domhnaill ar an larthuaisceart mar go léiríonn na taifid gur ghéill Ruairí Ó Domhnaill ceithre chaisleán déag do na Sasanaigh i rith an ama sin. Rinne an Captean Brooke an Caisleán a athchóiriú sa stíl Sheacaibíteach go luath ina dhiaidh sin, ach tá le feiceáil sna fothraigh anois go bhfuil athrú mór ar an túrtheach agus go bhfuil mainéar de dhéanamh an tseachtú haois déag luath buailte ar an taobh thoir thuaidh den bhalla imlíne. Tá go leor tréithe suimiúla ag baint leis an túrtneach athchóirithe; mar shampla, doras ar an chéad urlár, dhá theallach ar an dara hurlár, iad uilig de dhéanamh Túdarach.

"Tá an caisleán seo ar cheann de na
Donegal Castle / Caisleán Dhún na nGall Marker image. Click for full size.
By William Fischer, Jr., September 19, 2012
3. Donegal Castle / Caisleán Dhún na nGall Marker
Looking toward Bridge Street
caisleáin is fearr a chonaic mé ariamh in Éirinn i seilbh Gael, cuma mhaith air, ceann de na cinn is deise, agus é suite ar ithir mhaith agus ar uisce iniompartha a thabharfadh bád deich dtonna a fhad le fiche slat den chaisleán." - Sydney, 1566. (aistriúchán ón Bhéarla)

Buíoch do A History of Donegal Town and its Environs, Sweeny, M. as an eolas seo.
 
Erected by NDP and Fáilte Ireland. (Marker Number 6.)
 
Location. 54° 39.284′ N, 8° 6.628′ W. Marker is in Donegal Town, Ulster, in County Donegal. Marker is on Tirchonaill Street just north of Bridge Street (R925), on the right when traveling south. Click for map. Marker is near the entrance to Donegal Castle.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 7 other markers are within 21 kilometers of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Donegal Castle (a few steps from this marker); "The Frenchman's Anchor" (approx. 0.3 kilometers away); Donegal Friary / Mainistir Dhún na nGall (approx. half a kilometer away); The Franciscan Friary of Donegal (approx. 0.6 kilometers away); Welcome to Belleek (approx. 19.6 kilometers away in United Kingdom); Donegal Corridor (approx. 19.6 kilometers away in United Kingdom); The Enamel Grindstone (approx. 19.6 kilometers away in United Kingdom).
 
Also see . . .
Donegal Castle image. Click for full size.
By William Fischer, Jr.
4. Donegal Castle

1. Donegal Castle at Heritage Ireland. (Submitted on February 3, 2014, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.)
2. Donegal Castle at Wikipedia. (Submitted on February 3, 2014, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.)
 
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Donegal Castle Diorama - c.1590 image. Click for full size.
By William Fischer, Jr., September 19, 2012
5. Donegal Castle Diorama - c.1590
Donegal Castle Diorama c.1650 image. Click for full size.
By William Fischer, Jr., September 19, 2012
6. Donegal Castle Diorama c.1650
Donegal Castle Etching image. Click for full size.
By William Kniveton, circa 1810
7. Donegal Castle Etching
Donegal Castle Restored Tower Living Quarters image. Click for full size.
By William Fischer, Jr., September 19, 2012
8. Donegal Castle Restored Tower Living Quarters
Donegal Castle Restored Tower Living Quarters image. Click for full size.
By William Fischer, Jr., September 19, 2012
9. Donegal Castle Restored Tower Living Quarters
Donegal Castle Tower Living Quarters Fireplace image. Click for full size.
By William Fischer, Jr., September 19, 2012
10. Donegal Castle Tower Living Quarters Fireplace
Donegal Castle Restored Tower Living Quarters Timbered Ceiling image. Click for full size.
By William Fischer, Jr., September 19, 2012
11. Donegal Castle Restored Tower Living Quarters Timbered Ceiling
 
 
Credits. This page originally submitted on , by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania. This page has been viewed 381 times since then and 6 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on , by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.   4. submitted on , by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.   5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11. submitted on , by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016.
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