4a. Miscellaneous historical bits of the Inishowen Peninsular, Co. Donegal
Cloncha Church & Cross, Dunree Fort & Museum & Beach
SCENES from IRELAND
The ruins of Cloncha Church and Cross. The ruined building is 17th century, incorporating, and building on the site, of an early Christian settlement. There are splendid carvings on the cross and some tombstones inside the ruined church.
The coastal area of Dunree about 7 miles north of Buncrana
Dunree beach seen from the top of Dunree Fort Museum, with few if any people on it!
Looking north up the wild Atlantic coast from the top of Dunree Fort.
The pair of big guns of Dunree Fort at the military museum which point out over Lough Swilly. The fort was built in 1798 to guard against the possible return of a French invasion fleet and is near where the rebel leader Wolfe Tone was brought ashore.
The single light gun of Dunree at the military museum. In the late 19th century the fort was modernised and enlarged and during the First World War it stood guard over the western approaches to Northern Island. It was here in Lough Swilly that Admiral Lord Jellicoe's Fleet assembled and anchored before the infamous naval Battle of Jutland against the German Navy.
The many wild flowers like monbretia growing in the ruins of the fort which was transferred from British control to the Irish Free State just before World War Two.
Angled rocks on Dunree Beach and a related quartz layer cutting through the beach.
Unusual holiday extra 4b. An Art Exhibition at Dunree Fort
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