Grianán has a long history associated with the northern Uí Néill clan who ruled the Gaelic Kingdom of Aileach, which reached from Tyrone to Donegal and beyond from the 6th to the 12th century. The name ‘Inishowen’ means literally ‘Island of Owen’ and refers to Eoghan one of the sons of ‘Niall of the Nine Hostages’, High King of Ireland.
Legend has it that St. Patrick came to Grianán in the 5th century and baptized Eoghan in the ‘holy well’ that lies to the rear of the fort and thus in one fell swoop brought the Christian message to the whole of Inishowen.
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