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Rathmullan Gun Battery (The Flight of the Earls Centre), Rathmullan. co.Donegal 1810

Rathmullan is a beautiful seaside village located on the western shore of the spectacular Fanad Peninsula. It's name in Irish (Ráth Maoláin) means 'Maoláin's ringfort'. There are many historical sites in the area including the ruins [...]

Charles Fort, Kinsale. co.Cork 1682

Charles Fort is located on the hillside entrance of the harbour overlooking the picturesque town of Kinsale. It is a classic example of a late 17th century star-shaped fort and one of the largest military installations in the [...]

Site of The Battle of the Boyne, Oldbridge. co.Meath – 1690

This is the location where The Battle of the Boyne took place between King William of Orange and his father-in-law, King James II. It was was fought on 1 July 1690 (11 July according to [...]

Harbour Lighthouse, Howth. co. Dublin 1817

Howth Harbour Lighthouse, built in 1817, is located at the end of Howth Harbour. The building, was also used for defensive purposes as the strong circular wall defends a gun position. The lighthouse keeper’s residence [...]

Howth Martello Tower, Howth. north co.Dublin – 1805

The Martello Tower in Howth is strategically located overlooking Howth Harbour and out beyond the bay to Ireland's Eye. The fear of an invasion by Napoleon Bonaparte reached panic proportions at the end of the [...]

The Glencree Centre for Peace and Reconciliation, Glencree. co.Wicklow 1806

The Glencree Centre for Peace and Reconciliation was originally constructed by the British Army as a barracks in 1806. They were built in response to the Irish Rebellion of 1798 and the French Wars of [...]

Tower no.6 Balcarrick, Portrane Beach. co. Dublin 1804

Martello Towers were built around the coasts of Ireland and Britain in 1804 to thwart any plans Napoleon had to invade these islands. In 1803 an Act of Parliament to make provision for the proposed [...]

The Old Fort, Shannonbridge. co.Offaly – 1810

This odd and unique looking building is the Old Fort at Shannonbridge which was built at a strategic location on the Shannon River. At the turn of the nineteenth century there was constant fear in [...]

Collins Barracks, Arbour Hill. Dublin City – 1702

The location for Collins Barracks was originally earmarked for a mansion for the Duke of Ormond. It was built in 1702 in a Neoclassical style to the designs of Thomas Burgh and is the oldest [...]

Banba’s Crown, Malin Head. co.Donegal – 1805

This is Ireland's most northerly building on the mainland. It was named 'Banba' after the mythological patron goddess of Ireland. It was built by the British in 1805 as a Napoleonic lookout tower to help [...]

Millmount Martello Tower, Drogheda. co.Louth – 1808

Millmount Fort is Drogheda's most dominant feature and it's most strategic location. A legend regarding it's origin says that it was the burial place of Amhairghin, a mythical Celtic poet and it has been suggested [...]

Martello Tower No. 7, Killiney Hill. co.Dublin – 1804

This is Martello Tower No. 7 located on Killiney Hill in South County Dublin. It is one of about fifty Martellos built by the British. Many were were built along our eastern coastline from Drogheda [...]

Carrick Hill Martello Tower, Portmarnock. co.Dublin – 1805

This Martello tower was built in 1805 as part of the British strategy in Ireland to prevent a  French invasion. The Martello tower design was copied by the British from a tower in Sicily and [...]

Skerries Martello Tower, Skerries. co.Dublin – 1805

The name Skerries comes from the Norse word 'sceir', meaning reef or rocky islands. This area has extensive views up along the east coast to the Mourne Mountains and down the coast to Howth and [...]

Magazine Fort, Phoenix Park. Dublin City – 1735 (fionn uisce- “clear water’)

Magazine Fort is located on the south side of Phoenix Park. This is the location where a house called Phoenix Lodge once stood. In 1734 the house was knocked down and the Duke of Dorset [...]

Dunree Fort, Buncrana. co.Donegal – 1798 (Dun Fhraoigh-“Fort of the Heather”)

Dunree Fort is strategically situated near the mouth of Lough Swilly in an area of stunning natural beauty. It has been attacked many times over the years by nearly everyone trying to get a foothold [...]

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