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Inch Castle

Inch CastleThe Castle was built in the middle of the fifteenth century and although it was mentioned in the grant of Inishowen to Chichester in 1609, it was in a state of disrepair. The walls are built on the edge of a cliff of rubble and split stone. The building originally had three stories and the holes in the walls indicate the position of the joists. The ground floor has two chambers, none of which are vaulted. Access to the second is via a staircase is built into the wall and is in very good repair. There is a garderobe built into the wall and there are two recesses. The murder hole shaft can also be seen. Many details in the construction of the castle are similar to those at Greencastle. There is a similarity in the way the vaults were built and wicker-centring was used for the loophole recesses in both cases. The Castle was at the center of a famous dispute between two O'Donnell cousins over the lordship of Tir Connaill, Donal and Rory. The latter was killed when Donal

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Inishowen Tourism Society Chapel Street, Carndonagh Inch Isla Co. Donegal
Failte Ireland