Doe Castle is situated near Creeslough. It was the seat of the
Mac Sweeney family who built the Castle in the 16th Century. The central tower of the Castle is surrounded by a powerful bawn-wall over looking the sea on three sides.
As one of Donegal's strongest fortifications, Doe Castle played a pivotal role
in Irish history. Sir Cahir O'Doherty set up his headquarters here before his attack
on Derry in
1608; the Castle was recovered by the Mac Sweeney in
1641 and it was at Doe Castle that
Owen Roe O'Neill landed on his return
from Europe to lead the 1642 Rising.|
After the Restoration of Charles 11 in 1660, the Castle was occupied by an English garrison until it was repossessed by the Mac Sweeneys during the Williamite wars in the 1690's. The Castle was restored around 1800 and was occupied until the beginning of the 20th century. It is now in the care of the Office of Public Works
Tá Caisleán na dTuath suite congarach don Chraoslach. Thóg Clann Mhic Suibhne an chaisleán sa séú haois déag agus seo an príomh chaisleán a bhí acu.|
Tá balla-bábhún thart ar an túr lárnach sa chaisleán agus amharcann sé amach ar an fharraige ar thrí thaobh. Mar go bhfuil Caisleán na dTuath ar cheann de na dúnfoirt is láidre i nDún na nGall, tá páirt lárnach aige i Stair na hÉireann.
Bhunaigh an t-Uasal Cahir Ó Dochartaigh a cheannáras anseo sular ndearna sé ionsaí ar chathair Dhoire sa bhliain 1608. Fuair Clann Mhic Suibhne an Caisleán arais i 1641 agus tháinig Eoghan Rua Ó Néill i dtír ag Caisleán na dTuath, nuair a d'fhill sé ó Eoraip, chun a bheith ina cheannfort ar Éirí Amach na bliana 1642.
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