The Guns Of Fort Dunree


Derry, Ireland

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Taken this afternoon on a cold and dull day in Donegal.

Fort Dunree
Fort Dunree is located about seven miles north of Buncrana in the Inishowen Peninsula in County Donegal. The site is situated along the shores of Lough Swilly commanding a majestic view of the Lough and its shorelines.The Fort Dunree heritage museum complex was originally opened to the public in 1986, and has provided interest for the tourists of all ages ever since. It has also been a source of great pleasure and reminiscence for those of a military background, whether having served at the post or just been involved in its military history.
A visit to Fort Dunree will include a video film presentation in an audio – visual theatre, access to museum displays which fully demonstrate life at Fort Dunree, showing its vital role in coastal defense and neutrality protection; and a complete exposé of coastal artillery.
In its natural spectacular setting, Fort Dunree is rich in wildlife, some of it unique to the area. This is further explained in the museum, and admirably supported by a beautiful wildlife exhibition with sea life and birdlife displays.
During World War II Irish forces were stationed at Fort Dunree to prevent the warring nations violating the country’s neutrality.
Lough Swilly has long been of immense historical significance. The Norsemen and later the Anglo-Normans and the mercenary soldiers, the Gallowglasses used the Swilly when coming to Ireland.
The Flight of the Earls, O’Neill and O’Donnell into exile took place from Rathmullan in September 1607. Wolfe Tone was taken under naval arrest into Buncrana in 1798 and In more recent times during World War I, the Grand Fleet sheltered in the Lough.
Today Fort Dunree houses a facinating display of military memorabilia and artefacts as well as an array of large guns from the 20th Century.
Near to the spot where Wolfe Tone was brought ashore in 1798 a small fort was erected to guard against the possible return of a French invasion fleet.
In the late 19th Century the fort was modernised and elarged with the building of the, ‘Top Fort’ on Dunree Hill. During World War I it stood guard whilst Admiral Lord Jellicoe’s fleet anchored in Lough Swilly prior to engaging the German Navy at the Battle of Jutland.
Control of the fort was transferred to the Irish Free State just before World War 11.
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