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A Prospect of the Fort of Duncannon

A Prospect of the Fort of Duncannon

Artist: Unknown

Medium: Watercolour

Date: 1690

Shelfmark: Ktop LV

Item number: 42.a

Genre: Topographical Drawing

Dunncannon Fort is an Elizabethan artillery fort, built in the 1588 to defend Ireland against Spanish invaders. It was built on the site of a Celtic fort and a Norman castle and is located on a promontory in Waterford harbour. The fort was constructed in a star shape and is noted for its dry moat and surrounding walls. Waterford was the only Irish town to successfully withstand an attack by Cromwell’s forces during the English Civil War and Fort Duncannon was pivotal in this victory. The fort was under the control of the British Government until 1919 and was known as the ‘Royal Fort of Duncannon’. It was rebuilt by Irish National Army at the start of the Second World War.

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