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Moross Castle

It is generally accepted that the first permanent settlement of the MacSuibhne clan in Ireland was in Fanad. It happened early in the fourteenth century. Led by one named Murchadh Mear (Mear = the Mad), they manned a fleet of small sailing and rowing boats and crossed the North Channel. Having sailed along the north coast of Ireland until they neared Fanad Head, they turned south into the long estuary of Lough Swilly, the west bank of which is Fanad. Here they landed. It had been the custom of the MacSuibhne chiefs, while they were in Scotland, to be inaugurated in Iona by the successor of Saint Colmcille. In Ireland they began to be inaugurated on the crowning stone of Doon Rock, near Kilmacrenan, not far from the native place of Colmcille. In the year 1516 Ruadhri MacSuibhne built a castle in Rathmullan, on the east coast of Fanad. Nothing of that castle now remains. It was situated between the present road and the sea, on a site still known as Ard an Chaisil. Ruadhri

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