Project Description

Experience the Heritage

This Battery was one of a series of Napoleonic defences on Lough Swilly built by British forces in 1810.  The exhibition commemorates the ‘Flight of the Earls’, the departure of the last of the great Irish chieftains, Hugh O’Neill (Earl of Tyrone) & Rory O’Donnell (Earl of Tyrconnell), on September 14, 1607.  The display also addresses the life and times of the Earls and the aftermath of their flight.

Opening Times: 
June – Mid-September: Monday – Saturday: 10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. (Closed for lunch: 1:00 p.m. – 2:00 p.m.)
Sunday: 12:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.

Contact Info:
The Centre is housed in an old gun battery on Lough Swilly.
T: +353 (0)74 915 8178  or  +353 (0)74 915 8131

Flight of the Earls Statue by John Behan R.H.A.

The sculpture depicts the Flight of the Earls about to embark on a ship. The Flight of the Earls from Rathmullan (Portnamurry), Co. Donegal followed by the Plantation of Ulster, signifies a defining moment in the history of Gaelic Ireland and a pivotal moment in Irish history, the ramifications of which remain to the present day. Comissioned by Donegal County Council, this hauntingly elegant statue commemorates the 400th Anniversary of the historic event. A stroll along the beach provides stunning views of Inishowen and Inch Island.

Contact Info:
W: Donegal Public Art