Buncrana Castle

Map Reference: C342326 (2342, 4326)

Buncrana Castle, also known as O'Doherty's Keep, is situated in Tullynarvan townland. Parts of the building may date from the 15th century but extensive renovations and repairs were carried out in the early 17th century by Hugh Boy O'Doherty. After Sir Cahir O'Doherty's revolt in 1608 it was burned by the English but was probably repaired soon after. It was granted to Chichester at the time of the Plantation and he leased it to Henry Vaughan. The Vaughan Family resided there until 1718 when they built the large house nearby.

The small tower is three storeys high and measures 9.9m by 8.6m externally. The original entrance was on the ground floor in the north wall. It was protected by a murder-hole and a mural stairway rises to the left.

This entrance is now blocked and a small window, flanked by two gun-loops, was inserted. The present entrance is on the first floor in the east wall.

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