Carrickabraghy Castle, pictured above, is an impressive historic building located on the North Western Tip of the Isle of Doagh, in the Inishowen Peninsula. With commanding views towards Pollan Bay, Glashedy Island and the Atlantic this building tells the story of previous rulers and political events that shaped the landscape at the time. You will notice that the location has expansive views across an important waterway, hinting at the defensive nature of this castle.
A Brief History Of Carrickabraghy Castle, Inishowen
The present Castle was built in the 16th Century and what you will see during your visit is an impressive Keep and Round Tower, pictured above, with outer masonry walls. The castle was expanded in the 17th Century and then, having been unoccupied since 1665, felt the effects of time as the structure began to weaken. The Castle was once owned by the Ó Dochartaigh Clan (O’ Doherty), who were Lords of Inishowen. Phelemy Braslaidhe Ó Dochartaigh of the Ó Dochartaigh Clan, occupied Carrickabraghy in the 1600s. This Clan had castles at three other locations in Inishowen; Buncrana (pictured below), Inch and Burt.
Protecting The Past: Carrickabraghy Restoration Society
The remains of the castle has been made structurally sound by the efforts of the Carrickabraghy Restoration Society and the local community. With the assistance of leader funding, donations and fundraising events, you will notice that attention and care was taken during this project to retain the castles original character by stabilizing and preserving the existing remains. Conservation is ongoing and it is exciting to speculate what other information we may find out about this important historical site in the future.
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