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McDermott's Castle


McDermott’s Castle

Many tourist sites in Ireland are associated with famous legends, and McDermott’s Castle, on Lough Key in County Roscommon, is no exception. This 18th-century castle is on Castle Island, which has been the site of a castle since the 12th century, when the McDermott clan ruled the area. Legend says that Úna, the daughter of the McDermott chief, fell in love with a boy from a lower class. Her father prohibited her from leaving the castle so she couldn’t see him, so he began swimming across the lake to see her. Tragically, he drowned one night, and Úna died soon after from a broken heart. People say the two of them are buried on the island under two intertwined trees that grew over them.