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February 19, 2024

Peek of the Week 079

By Jerry Seeger

Dunluce Castle in Ireland.

Dunluce Castle, Northern Ireland.

This bit of coastline has no shortage of stories, from ships of the Spanish Armada sinking nearby to spectacular kitchen accidents. Dunluce Castle was a beneficiary of the first event and the site of the latter.

Sorley Boy Mac Donnell, A Scot, took the castle from the English around 1565, and from there controlled much of the north of Ireland. Queen Elizabeth sent Sir John Perrot to boot him out around 1584. Perrot finally managed to win the castle for the English, then unwittingly selected a friend of Sorley Boy's to select the garrison for the castle. As soon as Perrot was gone, Sorley Boy Mac Donnell was back. Soon after the Spanich galeass Girona sank nearby, and Sorley Boy used the cannon and other goods to fix the place up.

It was later, when Randal MaDonald was in residence, that the kitchen mishap occurred. It was just before dinner time (I imagine), and fierce winds were coming off the sea. Suddenly with a crash and a roar the kitchen fell off the side of the castle and tumbled into the sea. The lady of the castle subsequently decided she wanted to live elsewhere.

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Article © Jerry Seeger. All rights reserved.
Published on 2007-02-05
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