Northburgh Castle

Northburgh Castle
Donegal, Ireland.

Also known as Greencastle, the castle dates to the early fourteenth century.

Walter Liath de Burgh was captured and imprisoned here in 1331 by his cousin, William Donn de Burgh, 3rd Earl of Ulster. William was depriving him of food and water but it is said that his sister had fallen for the young prisoner, and that she was defying her brother, by bringing him essential provisions. When the earl discovered what had been going on, he was enraged and threw her to her death from the battlements. Walter himself succumbed to hunger in February 1332. As an aside, Walter’s sister later avenged her brother by persuading her husband to murder William the following year.

The ghost of Walter wand the earl’s sister are said to haunt the castle to this day.

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Further Information

Venue Name
Classification(s)
Castle
Address
Ballyboes, Donegal, Ireland

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