Inishowen is famous
for its romantic history and Buncrana is no exception to this.
All of the listed
places are within walking distances from the Crana River.
Built in 1718 by George
Vaughan. It was the earliest of the big houses in Inihowen. Wolf Tone was
held here when captured
after a British/French
naval battle off Donegal, before being taken to Derry and then to Dublin.
The Castle is still a
private house today
and in the forecourt there is a gravestone in honour of Sir Cahir O'Doherty,
and a plaque to Wolfe Tone.
Ned's Pt Fort
Wolfe Tone's capture and
the threat of Napoleonic invasion, forced the British into a coastal fortification
which started in 1799.
In Lough Swilly this consisted of six forts. Ned's Pt. Fort was also used
for a detention camp
during W.W.1 for conscience
objectors of the war.
Fr. Hegarty's Rock
Father Hegarty, a native
of the parish, lived in secret in a cave beside his sister's cottage. He
celebrated mass throughout
the old O'Doherty
lands - where it was forbidden by Penal Laws. In times of danger a boat
could be summoned by lighting a
fire on the Inishowen
side of the Lough. In 1709 such a deed was done, when soldiers came for
him. When they arrived
Fr. Hegarty leaped
into the sea to meet the boat. Captain Vaughan shouted assurances of his
safety if he returned.
He did where upon
he was beheaded. His head was said to have left marks where it hit the
ground as it rolled into the sea.
His remains are buried
nearby, overlooking the rock. God is said to have struck the rock out of
anger, giving it its unique mark.