Dungiven Castle was the ancestral home of the O’Cahan clan who ruled the area between the 12th and 17th Century. Danny Boy, one of the most recorded melodies ever composed was originally called O’Cahan’s Lament. Dungiven Castle dates largely from 1836, when Robert Ogilby who owned the land around Dungiven started building the present two storey structure. Following a mixed history, which saw it hosting housing the US Army during World War II, and later being used as a dance hall during the 1950s and 1960s, the castle fell into such a state of disrepair that the local council decided to demolish it. A local pressure group however fought these plans and in March 2001 Dungiven Castle was re-opened to provide budget accommodation. In 2009 Dungiven Castle underwent a complete makeover has now become a 4* Castle Estate.

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