Dunseverick Castle, Northern Ireland
This evening, I am focusing on the precariously positioned ruins of Dunseverick Castle which are located on Northern Ireland’s Antrim Coast, a few miles east of the Giant’s Causeway. Historically, Dunseverick was an important fortification in Ireland with Royal connections. A summary chronology is as follows:
- Has origins dating back to the 5th century and possibly earlier.
- Seat of Fergus Mor MacErc in 6th century.
- Held by O’Cahan family between 1000 AD and 1320 and again in the 16th century.
- Held by McCain/ O’Kane until 1657.
- Destroyed by Cromwellian troops in 1650s. (Oliver Cromwell ruled the British Isles as Lord Protector from 1653 until his death in 1658.)
All that remains today are the ruins of the Gatehouse. Some of the structure has succumbed to coastal erosion and collapsed into the sea.
This site is close to the route of the Causeway Coastal Path.