Dunseverick Castle is located in what was regarded as a ‘key’ site in ancient Ireland as this was the point where one of the royal roads from Tara ended. It has  a well which was considered to be one of the holy wells of Ireland. This well is said to never go dry and was used by St. Patrick when he visited Dunseverick in the 5th century. He baptized Olcán here, who was a local man that later became the Bishop of Ireland. In the 6th century, this became the seat of ‘Fergus the Great’ who was the King of Dalriada, a kingdom that stretched from Northern Ireland to the west of Scotland. This was also the departure point of the ‘Lia Fail’ – Ireland’s most important coronation stone, when it went to Scotland for Fergus’s coronation. A few centuries later by Viking raiders in 870 ad and again by Queen Maeve of Connaught which started a long and bloody war between Ulster and Connaught. From 1000 to 1320 The O’Cahan family held it and recaptured it again a few hundred years later. The castle was captured and destroyed by General Robert Munro in 1642 and later by his Cromwellian troops in the 1650s. A small residential tower survived until 1978 when it eventually fell into the sea below. Today only the ruins of the gate lodge remain.

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