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14th Aug 2023

A 14th century Donegal landmark is currently up for sale

Katy Thornton

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The sale has attracted international attention.

O’Doherty’s Keep, a 14th century Donegal landmark in Buncrana, is currently up for sale for €175,000.

The current owner has decided to put it on the market due to “health reasons“, hoping that whoever purchases the landmark will “be sensitive to the preservation of the Keep“.

Image via Sean Furey Insurances Ltd


The landmark is featured on Furey with the following description:

“The word Keep was used to describe a refuge or place of last resort for defensive purposes. The O’Doherty Clan has a distinguished & unique history going back to earliest records of 1208. They were lords of Inishowen from the 1300s up to 1608 when Cahir O’ Doherty, once knighted for his bravery, was executed for treason.

“The keep was burned in 1608 by Crown forces in reprisal for the rebellion of Sir Cahir O’Doherty who sacked and raized the city of Derry.”

After Sir Cahir’s death, restoration work was carried out by leaseholder Henry Vaughan, and in 1798, Wolfe Tone was kept in the vicinity of following his arrest for treason.

In 1969, Buncrana resident Ronald H.C. O’Doherty acquired the Keep. According to the Furey description, the landmark is a “symbol of identity for the diaspora who left Ulster, for those who returned home and for those who live and work in Buncrana and Inishowen.” To this day, international descendants visit the Keep in order to feel connected to their heritage.

O’Doherty’s Keep is not the only Irish landmark to be up for sale lately. Earlier this month, The Conor Pass in Kerry went up for sale for €10 million, with the current owner hoping that the Government buy the site and turn it into a national park.

Header image via Furey 


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