Double Rainbow over Doe Castle and Sheephaven Bay, County Donegal, Ireland

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Rainbow over Doe Castle and Sheephaven Bay, Donegal, Ireland Rainbow over Doe Castle and Sheephaven Bay, Donegal, Ireland

Intense double rainbow arcing over Doe Castle and the sands of Sheephaven Bay in Donegal on Ireland's Wild Atlantic Way.

Doe Castle dates to the 1420s and was home of the McSweeneys, a clan originally from Scotland who came to Ireland as mercenary fighters known as gallowglasses.

The name Doe Castle is an anglicisation of Caisleán na dTuath which means castle of the area or district - a túath being an administrative area in Gaelic Ireland.

The tower itself is 15th century but the outer enclosing walls, the bawn, date to the 17th century.

Doe Castle, County Donegal, Ireland
Doe Castle, County Donegal, Ireland

The last of the McSweeneys to be chief of Doe Castle was Maolmhuire an Bhata Bhuí, Myles of the Yellow Stick. He received the yellow stick from Queen Elizabeth in 1599 in a knighthood for services to the crown. 

However, during the Nine Years' War (1593-1603), of Gaelic Ireland against the English, he switched sides many times from English to Irish and back again, finally joining Red Hugh O'Neill's march to Kinsale in 1601 where Spanish troops had arrived in October.

The battle of Kinsale in January 1602 ushered in the end of Gaelic Ireland and cemented English rule in Ireland.

If you would like to visit Doe Castle, the grounds are open all year round and as yet for 2024 tours and access to the tower are limited and not yet scheduled, more information here:

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Last modified on Tuesday, 23 April 2024 19:49
Darren McLoughlin

Irishman and International travel photographer in search of the best bits of Ireland. Leading photography tours and experiences in Ireland.

Contributor to New York Times / Sunday Times / Irish Times / Echtra Echtra and Eonmusic

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