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O'Doherty's Keep

O'Doherty's Keep was part of a Norman castle built in the 1300's of which only the Keep remains. In the 15th century the Keep came into the possession of the O'Doherty family, ancestoral rulers of Inishowen. In 1588 the Keep housed soldiers of the Spanish Armada who had been shipwrecked aboard the La Trinidad Valenceria in Kinnegoe Bay. They were rescued by Sean Óg O'Doherty who, with Red Hugh O'Donnell, was subsequently imprisoned in Dublin Castle. In 1608 Cahir O'Doherty, Sean Og's son, lead a Rising against the English Garrison in Derry and the Keep was burned in reprisal. Inishowen, including the Keep, was then granted to Sir Arthur Chichester who leased it to fellow Englishman, Henry Vaughan. The Keep was repaired and the Vaughan family lived there until 1718 when they built the nearby manor house. It is believed that Wolfe Tone, a leader of the 1798 Rising, was imprisoned in O'Doherty's Keep after his capture in Lough Swilly aboard a French Frigate before being taken to

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