Martellos and Napoleonic defenses

Nearly all built between 1800 – 1804

A Napoleonic Gun Battery at the scene of the Flight of the Earls

Rathmullan Gun Battery built in 1810 is located in Rathmullan. co.Donegal. It was built in 1810 during the Napoleonic Wars to help defend Ireland against a possible French Invasion. This beautiful seaside village located on [...]

A Martello Lighthouse ,The Asgard and the 4th President of Ireland

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 [...]

A vintage radio museum & Napoleon

This is Howth Martello Tower located in Howth. north co.Dublin. It was built in 1805 and is strategically positioned overlooking Howth Harbour and out beyond to Ireland's Eye. The fear of an invasion by Napoleon [...]

One of 39 Martellos still standing & views out to Lambay Island

This is tower no.6 Balcarrick located on Portrane Beach in north co.Dublin. It was built in 1804 to thwart any plans Napoleon had to invade these islands. In 1803 an Act of Parliament to make [...]

Ireland’s most northerly point, oldest rocks and most shipwrecks & Europe’s highest sand dunes

Banba's Crown is located in Malin Head in co.Donegal and 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 [...]

Ancient island near the stars

Dalkey Island lies less than 300 metres off the south Dublin coastline near the village of Dalkey. This 22 acre island has been occupied for 6000 years and has stunning views in all directions. There are [...]

A unique Napoleonic fort on the Shannon

This odd and unique looking building is the Old Fort at Shannonbridge in co.Offaly. It was built in 1810 at this strategic location on the Shannon River. At the turn of the nineteenth century there [...]

Drogheda’s most prominent & strategic location, an ancient burial chamber & 1922

Millmount Martello Tower is located in Drogheda in county Louth. This is Drogheda's most dominant feature and it's most strategic location. Legend says it is the burial place of Amhairghin, a mythical Celtic poet and [...]

A martello on millionaires row

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 [...]

A bomb & torpedo proof family home with a great view!

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 [...]

Napoleon, St Patrick’s landing point & Rocky islands

This is one of 2 Martello Towers in Skerries. This area has extensive views up north to the Mourne Mountains and down south as far as Howth and so therefore is a perfect vantage point [...]

One of the most important forts in Ireland, Wolfe Tone & Lough Swilly

Dunree Fort is located near the town of Buncrana in co.Donegal. It is strategically situated near the mouth of Lough Swilly in an area of stunning natural beauty. It has been attacked many times over [...]

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