Ardal O’Hanlon came to Donegal earlier this summer and amongst the places he visited for his three part series called ‘Ireland with Ardal O’Hanlon’ was the hidden island fortress of Doon Port, near Portnoo, Co. Donegal. This amazing monument was selected as one of the first five monuments national on the Heritage Council’s first ever ‘Adopt a Monument’ scheme. The Ardara GAP Heritage and History Group are working closely with project managers ‘Abarta Heritage’ and the Heritage Council to protect, preserve and research the story of Doon Fort and the surrounding cultural landscape for future generations. They are also working with the landowners to ensure access to the monument is maintained and improved so that visitors can have an enjoyable experience while protecting the integrity and uniqueness on this wonderful site.
Episode 3 on MORE 4, opens with Doon Fort with scenes of Ardal being rowed across Loughadoon, by Patrick McLoone where he catches his first glimpse of the massive drystone fortress (not a ringfort as many think it is!). Upon entering the fort he explores the myths and legends of this country, as well as that of the fort itself and a little bit of the history and the possible dating of Doon Fort which is still to be determined.Doon Fort will feature on ‘Ireland with Ardal O’Hanlon’ on More 4 at 9pm on Wednesday, 28th December.