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DUNLUCE CASTLE ON THE DANGEROUS COAST OF COUNTY ANTRIM

DUNLUCE CASTLE ON THE DANGEROUS COAST OF COUNTY ANTRIM

A few miles west of the Giant's Causeway a peninsula of rock-it was once an island-juts out from the coast. A footway two feet wide across an arch built over a chasm is the only connexion with the castle, which must have been about the most impregnable in all Ireland. It was built by the MacHugolins, whose name later was modified into McQuillan, Norman settlers who became Irish with the centuries. Their overlords the MacDonnells later possessed the castle for themselves, and in Elizabeth's reign Sorley Boy MacDonnell, with Dunluce as his headquarters, was a thorn in the side of the English. The castle was besieged and captured by Sir John Perrott in 1584. Notice how the basalt changes to chalk along the cliffs westward.

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