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Local Historic Background


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.
 
 

Buncrana Castle(O'Doherty's)

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 project,
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.
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