Donegal Castle

Donegal Castle

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Product Information

Minimal Style Poster of Donegal Castle, Co. Donegal, Eire.

Giclée print on 190gsm archival matte paper. Carefully rolled in acid free tissue paper and presented in sturdy transportable tubes. 

The Story

Lying in ruins for two centuries, Donegal Castle was a forgotten O'Donnell stronghold on the bend of the river Eske until recent restorations. It was built out of sandstone and limestone by Red Hugh O'Donnell in 1474 and was the finest Gaelic castle in Ireland at the time. After nine years of war the ruling earls took flight in 1607, hoping to regroup and renew their fight with the English.

However, during the plantation that followed, the castle and lands were granted to Captain Basil Brooke who promptly restored the castle. The Brooke family sold the castle in 1670s to the Gore family, but by the 18th century the castle had fallen into ruin. The Gores decided to pass the castle to the Office of Public Works in 1898. 

In the 1990s, the main tower was restored and the Jacobean left-wing partially roofed by the Office of Public Works, giving the castle every chance of surviving the next few hundred years. 

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