Elagh Castle, the real capital of Ulster

The following is a transcript of the talk by Cormac McSparron (Queens University Belfast) on May 22 in the Exchange, Buncrana by Ruth Garvey-Williams and I would like to use this opportunity to express sincere gratitude to Ruth for recording Cormac’s outstanding talk and truly heart-felt appreciation to our speaker, Cormac Mc Sparron, for sharing …

Excavation at the old O’Doherty Castle at Elaghmore

A second excavation took place by archaeologists from Queens University Belfast at the Castle of Elagh at Elaghmore from August 14th- 23rd. The team and the dig were received with much interest, for archaeological excavations on Inishowen are nearly unheard of, leaving our peninsula and former island often unmentioned in an all-Ireland historical context with …

Queen Gormley

The following was found in the Transactions of the Cumberland & Westmorland Antiquarian & Archaeological 1905, Vol. 5, p. 18 Extracts from the diary of the Bishop of Derry William Nicolson: July 5. (1718) Goeing (wth ye Dean & Mayor of Derry &c.) to dine at Fawn, we took our way by ye Top of …

Grianán Gormlaig

On August 1st 1834 John O’Donovan wrote in his letter to Thomas Larcom: “I went on Thursday to see the ruin of the work of Rigriu and Garvan on the summit of a hill which derives its name from the building. It is amazingly interesting, but to me wonderfully puzzling! Is it possible that this …

Article from the Donegal Annual, 1989

Grianán Oiligh (The Grianán Of Aileach), Co. Donegal Etienne Rynne M.A., M.R.I.A., S.S.A Prof., of Arch., University College, Galway The following is a summery account of the main thrust of the Paddy McGill Lecture delivered on the 16th of October 1987 under the title “The Grianán, and Other Celtic Ceremonial Sites in Ireland”. The Grianán …

A note on the indentification of Aileach

The following paper by Andrew Tierney was published in 2003 in the Journal of the Royal Society of Antiquaries of Ireland, Vol. 133. I am very grateful to Karla, who got me a much desired copy. A note on the indentification of Aileach There has long been uncertainty over the true identification of the royal …

O’ Doherty of the castle of Oileach

From the Celt Project of the UCC. Original version The bardic poems of Tadhg Dall Ó Huiginn (1550–1591) INISHOWEN ¶1] Speak on, thou castle of Oileach, many a thing must one ask of thee, thou fair, long-standing dwelling, regarding the warriors of Ireland. ¶2] Let us learn from thee, tell us, thou ancient, bright-lawned castle, of …