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At first glance the Keep at Donegal Castle seems a little on the small size but the Castle has undergone a fine restoration which makes it a very interesting Castle indeed.

Photo Above - The entrance gate to Donegal Castle is on Castle Street, near thePost Office.
Recognizing Castles tend to be near the center of the old town we drove past urbanized Donegal and headed straight for the city's main square. We figured we would see signs pointing us to Castle parking as we approached the town center; we did not. Donegal’s old town isn't that big so after driving back & forth a few times we decided it was time to park and ask directions. Pulling in to the harbor parking we noticed Donegal's tourist office near the entrance.
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Photo above - The restored Keep at Donegal Castle and the attached ruins of the wing added by Sir Basil Brooke
What should we find out side the Tourist Office but a town map showing us the way to the Castle; apparently, there is not any parking specifically for Castle visitors.

Photo above - Inside Donegal Castle.
The first Tower Castle, constructed by Red Hugh O'Donnell, was built in the 1400's AD. During the 9-year war, the O'Donnell's were forced to abandon the Castle at Donegal. Before leaving, they did their best to make the Castle as unusable to the English as possible, destroying as much as the castle as they could. After the Irish defeat, Sir Basil Brooke took charge of Donegal for the English and on the remains of the castle added an additional floor. He also added an attached wing to the castle, which was architecturally, similar to the manor homes of England.

Figure Right - An approximate rendering of O'Donnell's Castle Keep prior to the changes by Sir Basil Brooke.

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Much of the information on this website was gather during my families July 2004 visit to Ireland