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- Oilean Uí DomhnallIsland O’Donnell lies towards the southern shore of Lough Eske (off Ros [Dubh). Area about five roods. It is surrounded by a wall about ten or eleven feet high, and four or five feet in thickness. The wall is substantially constructed of very large stones and mortar, containing many loop holes and buttresses.There is a large entrance on gate-way towards land. Apparent by a stronghold, or place of defence in retreat. There are ruins of a building on north side of Island.LOCAL TRADITION states that Island O’Donnell was used as a prison by the O’Donnell Princes when they held sway in Cáislean an Uisce. (It is not known whether these Prisoners were military or civil or both - perhaps hostages). It is said that Island O’Donnell and Caislean an Uisce (about 2 ½ miles distant) were(continues on next page)Transcribed by a member of our volunteer transcription project.
- Adhamhnan Mag Fhionntaigh