Photographer's Note

A passing rain clouds and an old gun at Dunree fort.

Lough Swilly has long been of immense historical significance. The Norsemen and later the Anglo-Normans and the mercenary soldiers, the gallowglasses used the Swilly when coming to Ireland. The Flight of the Earls, O'Neill and O'Donnell, into exile took place from Rathmullan in September 1607. In more recent times Wolfe Tone was taken under naval arrest into Buncrana in 1798 and during the first World War the Grand Fleet sheltered in the Lough.

Near to the spot where Wolfe Tone was braught ashore in 1798 a small fort was erected to guard against the possible return of a French invasion fleet.

In the late 19th century the fort was enlarged and modernised. During the first World War it stood guard while Admiral Lord Jellicoe's Grand Fleet berthed in Lough Swilly prior to engaging in the battle of Jutland.

In 1936 Eamon DeVelera negotiated with the British Prime Minister Neville Chamberlain and secured the return of British naval installations in Cobh,Berhaven and Swilly to the Irish Government

The ports were transferred in 1938, just before the beginning of the Second World War. During the war Irish Forces were based there to prevent the navies of warring nations from violating the country's neutrality.

Exposure Time: 1/60
F-Stop: f/8.0
ISO Speed Ratings: 200
Focal Length: 17 mm

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Additional Photos by Gani Bibat (isabib) Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 334 W: 16 N: 171] (1953)
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