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Northburg Castle Ruins

Greencastle (Northburgh) East of Greencastle village, on Inishowen shore of Lough Foyle . (In ruins) Built by the Earl of Ulster, Richard de Burgo in 1305 to subdue the local O’Donnells and O’Neills. The castle was an important strategic post controlling entry to Lough Foyle. In 1316 it was captured by Edward Bruce. Following the murder of William de Burgo in 1333, the de Burgos lost their power in the region, and the castle passed into the control of the O’Dohertys. However in 1555 the castle was almost destroyed during fighting among the O’Dohertys and O’Donnells and although garrisoned by the crown into the 1600s it was eventually abandoned

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