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Greencastle takes its name from its ancient castle positioned on a rock overlooking the entrance to Lough Foyle, built in 1305 by Richard de Burgo, the Earl of Ulster.

deBurgo was keen to fortify his lands and to guard the entrance to Lough Foyle but the castle was captured eleven years later by the forces of Edward Bruce.

Greencastle harbour is the western terminal of the Magilligan Point car-ferry service. It is also the home of the National Fisheries School, and the Inishowen Maritime Museum.

The Museum has a room devoted to the ships of the Spanish Armada which sunk off the Irish coast in 1588. 

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