Fort Dunree Military Museum, Buncrana

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Fort Dunree is a coastal defence fortification located on the west side of the Inishowen peninsula, Ireland. Originally built as a Royal Navy position during the Napoleonic Wars, the fort is located on a rocky promontory accessed over a natural fissure. It was remodelled in 1895 to have 2 x 4.7 inch (120 mm) QF guns below, and later 12 pounder (5 kg) QF and 2 x 6 inch (152 mm) guns in an upper land battery. The top of a hill overlooking the site was walled in to form a redoubt.Treaty portOn 6 December 1921, the Anglo Irish Treaty was concluded. It provided for the establishment of the Irish Free State which happened on 6 December 1922. The Treaty included provisions by which the British would retain sovereignty over three strategically important ports known as the Treaty ports, one of which being described in the Treaty as:Accordingly, even after the establishment of the Irish Free State, the Royal Navy continued to maintain its presence at Fort Dunree. Fort Dunree remained under British sovereignty until 3 October 1938 when, pursuant to the Anglo-Irish Trade Agreement of 25 April 1938, the territory was seceded to Ireland. On 4 October 1938, The Times reported on the handover of Lough Swilly at Fort Dunree on 3 October 1938 as follows:
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  • Really great walks around the Fort and some really very interesting history are within the walls! Its due for a major regeneration in 2021 and will be steeped in more history! Stunning coastal veiws  more »
  • we just stumbled across this place! it was beautiful - I was just sad we couldn’t do the whole tour. The views were breathtaking!!  more »
  • The fort itself is an insight into a forgotten corner of Irish military history and as a museum is ok but it's the setting that makes it. It's on a promontory looking put over the most beautiful scenery and there are very manageable walks around the head. The cafe tops it all off nicely.
  • Good walks for all abilities. Views are stunning. Wee cafe has tasty food. Didn't get to the museum but will definitely be going back.
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