Preserving our history for future generations


Sitting on the banks of the River Crana near Lough Swilly adjacent Swan Park and the Castle Bridge stands the remains of a former 14th century Norman Castle - O’Doherty’s Keep.

'The Keep' is such an important part of local and national history, and is synonymous with the name 'O'Doherty' in all of it's variations, worldwide. From Donegal to New York, from London to Guatemala, our ancestry has spanned the globe from the humble beginnings of Donegal, and the Keep. Built by the Norman's and occupied by Sir Cahir O'Dochartaigh, 'The Keep' is the link connecting Buncrana to the O'Doherty's around the world.

Now is the time to preserve our history, our legacy, and also our future!



In 2017 the O’Doherty’s Keep Development Group have launched a project to carry out a restoration of the Keep through a careful conservation led restoration programme.

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