Castles of Ireland - County Donegal

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The Castles of Ireland
Ulster Province : County Donegal
Compiled by Lee Johnson
Early Stone Fortifications - Castles, Towers and Strong-Houses
(What, Where, Who and When? -- A work in progress)
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Castle Name Condition Description Early Founder(s) -- Time Period(s) Contructed Parish/Townland Ord Residency Links
Aileach Fortress/Castle (Aileagh Fortress/Castle, Elagh Fortress/Castle) Ruin
Ard Fothadh
A prehistoric or Celtic fort.
Assaroe Castle
Site of an early 13th century castle, destroyed a year after it was built. (Fry)

G 8662
Ballintra Castle
A motte with stonework from what may have been a small towerhouse.

G 9068
Ballyreagh Castle


Ballyshannon Castle Ruin
Buncrana Castle Ruin A 14th century towerhouse, repaired in the 16th and 17th centuries. O'Doherty (c1340), Vaughan (1716)
Buncrana Castle (Vaughan Castle) Full A 14th century towerhouse, repaired in the 16th and 17th centuries. O'Doherty (c1340), Vaughan (1716)
Burt Castle (Birt Castle) Ruin A 16th century "Z-plan" towerhouse. Or possibly a 14th century keep ! O' Doherty (1587), Chichester - late 16th century
Caislean na Stucah (Caslanstoke?, Caslane stoke?) Run
Capel Moule Ruin
Carrick a Brakey (Carraic Brachaidhe, Carraickabraghy, Carrickbrahey) Ruin
O'Doherty (1608)
Castle Carey
Castle Forward
Castle in Templecarne (Templecoin or Termoncerin Magrath) Near the glebe-house Ruin
Castle Mac Swiney Ruin
Castle Near Drummore and Lurgagh
Castle on summit of Slieve league Ruin
Crohy Head
A Martello tower.
Doe Castle (Caislean na dTuatha, Castle Doe) Full* A 16th century towerhouse, much restored in the 19th century. Quin, MacSweeney, Harte -- 16th & 19th century Donegal C 0832
Doherty's Castle (O’Doherty Keep) Ruin
Donegal Castle (O'Donnells Castle) Partial* A 15th century great tower, much altered in the 17th century. Hugh Roe O'Donnell (1474), Brooke -- 17th century Donegal G 9377
Doon Fort ("The Bawan", "O'Boyle's Fort")

O'Boyle's island fort Lough Doon G700980
Drumboe Castle Ruin
Dunboy Castle
Dungloe Castle (Dún na Cloiche Glaise) Ruin
Faugher (Wray) Castle

O'Boyle (c1611) -- house and bawn

Fort Dunree
Fort Dunree - now a military museum .
Prehistoric ring-forts.
Glenveagh Castle Full*
Green Castle (formerly Northburgh) Ruin A 14th century stone enclosure castle, demolished in the 16th century. De Burgo (1305), O'Doherty -- 15th & 17th century Greencastle C653403
Grianan of Aileach (Sun Palace, Grianán Ailigh) Ruin A prehistoric (5th / 1st century BC) stone fort, the Celtic royal seat of the O'Neills, Princes of Ulster. McLoughlin, O'Neill -- early stone fort
Inch Castle Ruin A 15th century enclosure containing a three-storeyed towerhouse. O'Donnell (1430s)
C 3222
Kilbarron Castle Ruin Remnants of a 15th century stone enclosure castle. O'Sgingin, O'Clery -- 15th century Rossnowla G 8365
Kit's Castle (near St. Catherine's Church, Castle near Killybegs) Ruin
Lifford Castle (Ballyduff and Liffer, Clonleigh) None
Lough Eske Castle Full*
Mongalvin (Mongavelin Castle)
A 17th century towerhouse. Stewart (c1620) -- strong-house
C 3506
Raphoe Castle ("The Bishop's Palace" Ruins* A 17th century rectangular stronghouse with corner towers. Bishop Leslie (1630s)
Rathain Castle (Castle Mac Sweeny)
Rathmullin Castle (Castle Mac Sweeny)
Red Castle (formerly Caire MacEwlyn)

Termon Castle
A 17th century rectangular towerhouse within a bawn. MacGrath (c1615)
G 1066
Tuatha Toraighe or Tory Island (Castle Mac Sweeny)
White Castle (formerly Garnagall Castle)


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