Carrickabraghy Castle, one of the iconic sites of the historic Inishowen peninsula, was in ruins and in imminent danger of collapse.

Thanks to a substantial grant from the National Rural Development LEADER Programme and having raised over €30,000 from local fundraising events and generous contributions from supporters at home and abroad, the Carrickabraghy Restoration Society was able to complete the first phase of the work of conservation in December 2013.

Funding will still be required for maintenance and for further archaeological work on the site so any help or donations towards these projects will be gratefully received.

This O Doherty Castle, one of five in Inishowen, known as O Doherty Country, is of historical, architectural and cultural importance and has potential for further development.  We appeal to you to continue to support us in our effort to highlight our heritage and enlighten future generations about this historical monument.

A long and rich history

Built in the 16th century on a rocky promontory with spectacular views of the Donegal hills and headlands, this O’Doherty stronghold stands on the site of a pre-Viking settlement recorded in the Annals (of Ireland).

Read a verse about the castle from a poem called  ‘Dear Old Inishowen‘ by Alexander Reid.

Where roaring billows rage and foam, and sweep the land in spray.
Glashedy rears his rugged head, and smiles on Pollan Bay.
Behind does an ancient Castle stand, erected by one McFall.
All now that remains is the crumbling tower of that once majestic hall.

 

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