Martellos

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 [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]

Dalkey Island, South County Dublin

The 22 acre island of Dalkey lies less than 300 metres off the south Dublin coastline near the village of Dalkey. It gets it's name from a meld of the Irish deilg ("thorn") and the [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]

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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