Paperback, 97 pgs.
This edition presents the opening chapters of 'Inishowen, Its History, Traditions and Antiquities', first published by Michael Harkin in 1867 under the pen name of 'Maghtochair'.
The book sweeps through Inishowen’s ancient, medieval and modern history. We hear of its mythical past - the Tuatha De Danaan, the Milesians and the story of Niall of the Nine Hostages from whom it is claimed the O'Neill dynasty and St. Columbkille were descended. Accounts are given of the Viking raids, the arrival of Strongbow and the final dismantling of Gaelic Ireland, with the defeat of the great Ulster Chieftains, the O'Neills and O'Donnells, at the Battle of Kinsale in 1607.
As well as the history and topography of Inishowen, we learn of its archaeology. The cairns, burial sites, standing stones, druidic temples and forts conjure up its pre-Christian era. After the coming of St. Patrick the archaeology is of ancient round towers, chapels, churches and monasteries, including the ancient Abbey at Fahan.
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