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    Fort Dunree

    Can anybody help with a listing of the guns currently on display in Dunree?

    And were all of these 'native' to the Fort or which were brought in during the Museum development?

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    http://www.dunree.pro.ie/home.html

    theres the official site, you could give them a buzz if you like. its a great place to visit.
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    Can't help with the guns, but I've been to the Fort, its very interesting, and the scenery is breath taking.

    Highly recommended.
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    completed a few fca camps there in the 70s and on return a few years ago found that a lot of areas were overgrown and fenced off..all the nissen type billets were gone and only stone structures were there ..it is a beautiful area in good weather but try it in november...buncrana was the watering hole for us and at the time the welcome was not cheerful...a lot of the guns are not originals .but it is an interesting place

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    Quote Originally Posted by golden rivet View Post
    completed a few fca camps there in the 70s and on return a few years ago found that a lot of areas were overgrown and fenced off..all the nissen type billets were gone and only stone structures were there ..it is a beautiful area in good weather but try it in november...buncrana was the watering hole for us and at the time the welcome was not cheerful...a lot of the guns are not originals .but it is an interesting place
    Buncrana? Jesus, surprised you got outta that one alive!! Braver men have come back broken fellas
    I knew a simple soldier boy.....
    Who grinned at life in empty joy,
    Slept soundly through the lonesome dark,
    And whistled early with the lark.

    In winter trenches, cowed and glum,
    With crumps and lice and lack of rum,
    He put a bullet through his brain.
    And no one spoke of him again.

    You smug-faced crowds with kindling eye
    Who cheer when soldier lads march by,
    Sneak home and pray you'll never know
    The hell where youth and laughter go.

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    Quote Originally Posted by golden rivet View Post
    completed a few fca camps there in the 70s and on return a few years ago found that a lot of areas were overgrown and fenced off..all the nissen type billets were gone and only stone structures were there ..it is a beautiful area in good weather but try it in november...buncrana was the watering hole for us and at the time the welcome was not cheerful...a lot of the guns are not originals .but it is an interesting place
    Locals are suspicious of strangers with only five fingers per hand. and a mouth

    with more then five teeth.

    Was in the fort this time last year, well worth a look. found very interesting

    a display of the tools and equipment to maintain the weapons

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    Quote Originally Posted by sofa View Post
    Locals are suspicious of strangers with only five fingers per hand. and a mouth

    with more then five teeth.

    Was in the fort this time last year, well worth a look. found very interesting

    a display of the tools and equipment to maintain the weapons


    id love if he was making that up....

    but yeah, its a class place to go on a nice day. well worth a few bob
    I knew a simple soldier boy.....
    Who grinned at life in empty joy,
    Slept soundly through the lonesome dark,
    And whistled early with the lark.

    In winter trenches, cowed and glum,
    With crumps and lice and lack of rum,
    He put a bullet through his brain.
    And no one spoke of him again.

    You smug-faced crowds with kindling eye
    Who cheer when soldier lads march by,
    Sneak home and pray you'll never know
    The hell where youth and laughter go.

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    Yes, indeed, I did visit within the past fortnight. An evocative site amid great natural beauty. Good exhibition too especially for artillery heads. The guide booklet is fairly general and does not itemise the guns on display. I know that some of the 4.7" and 6" on display are 'native' to Dunree but I thought I saw somewhere that a number of the barrells on display had come from other installations on the opening of the museum. Any clarification would be a help and in the meantime I endorse the recommendation to visit -- six miles north of Buncrana, admission €6 per adult.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Curragh Plains View Post
    Yes, indeed, I did visit within the past fortnight. An evocative site amid great natural beauty. Good exhibition too especially for artillery heads. The guide booklet is fairly general and does not itemise the guns on display. I know that some of the 4.7" and 6" on display are 'native' to Dunree but I thought I saw somewhere that a number of the barrells on display had come from other installations on the opening of the museum. Any clarification would be a help and in the meantime I endorse the recommendation to visit -- six miles north of Buncrana, admission €6 per adult.
    we had a naval officer involved getting some barrels out of the old forts in the harbour to help get it started....these were spare ones that were not mounted anywhere

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    The Saluting battery at Fort Davis(used about twice) came from Fort Westmorland(spike).

    One of the Big guns beyond the square was sent to a similar fort in Northern Ireland. I believe the Irish Govt got a flintlock used at the battle of the boyne in return..
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    ...which they gave to Ian Paisley.
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    I dont think so.


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    Flintlock presented by the good Dr to Bertie forest gump Ahern. Now on display in Collins Barracks

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    If I recall correctly the then Taoiseach gave him some sort of bowl made from a tree that has some historical significance to the battle? Or maybe it's just from the locale...
    Meh.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Goldie fish View Post
    The Saluting battery at Fort Davis(used about twice) came from Fort Westmorland(spike).

    One of the Big guns beyond the square was sent to a similar fort in Northern Ireland. I believe the Irish Govt got a flintlock used at the battle of the boyne in return..
    Greys Point Fort between Belfast and Bangor.

    Admission free, about an hour to go around it.
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    Thank you Spider.


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    i was up there during my army days in finner cmp found it a bit spookey its true about Buncranna not a very friendly place but i have to say the sceanery up there in the summer was breathtaking and all around Donegal must pay a visit again havent been up there in years nostalgia creeping in i think. EMMM i wonder would they let me into Finner again they might be looking for a guard commander.

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    was up there yesterday and i took a few pics, ill post them up here...



















    I knew a simple soldier boy.....
    Who grinned at life in empty joy,
    Slept soundly through the lonesome dark,
    And whistled early with the lark.

    In winter trenches, cowed and glum,
    With crumps and lice and lack of rum,
    He put a bullet through his brain.
    And no one spoke of him again.

    You smug-faced crowds with kindling eye
    Who cheer when soldier lads march by,
    Sneak home and pray you'll never know
    The hell where youth and laughter go.

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    I knew a simple soldier boy.....
    Who grinned at life in empty joy,
    Slept soundly through the lonesome dark,
    And whistled early with the lark.

    In winter trenches, cowed and glum,
    With crumps and lice and lack of rum,
    He put a bullet through his brain.
    And no one spoke of him again.

    You smug-faced crowds with kindling eye
    Who cheer when soldier lads march by,
    Sneak home and pray you'll never know
    The hell where youth and laughter go.

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    And again...















    I knew a simple soldier boy.....
    Who grinned at life in empty joy,
    Slept soundly through the lonesome dark,
    And whistled early with the lark.

    In winter trenches, cowed and glum,
    With crumps and lice and lack of rum,
    He put a bullet through his brain.
    And no one spoke of him again.

    You smug-faced crowds with kindling eye
    Who cheer when soldier lads march by,
    Sneak home and pray you'll never know
    The hell where youth and laughter go.

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    Nice photos buck. Thanks for posting
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    No problem ZULU, was a good day. Well worth the visit
    I knew a simple soldier boy.....
    Who grinned at life in empty joy,
    Slept soundly through the lonesome dark,
    And whistled early with the lark.

    In winter trenches, cowed and glum,
    With crumps and lice and lack of rum,
    He put a bullet through his brain.
    And no one spoke of him again.

    You smug-faced crowds with kindling eye
    Who cheer when soldier lads march by,
    Sneak home and pray you'll never know
    The hell where youth and laughter go.

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    Nice pictures. I have planned to go there next holydays. How is the situation of the other fortifications at Lough Swilly? Lenan Head? And the older ones: Neds Point, Down Fort, Rathmullan…

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    the picture with the pipe in it was known as the long drop as all waste food was dumped down it to the waitings gulls below...

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    Quote Originally Posted by Hugo M View Post
    Nice pictures. I have planned to go there next holydays. How is the situation of the other fortifications at Lough Swilly? Lenan Head? And the older ones: Neds Point, Down Fort, Rathmullan…
    im not 100% sure to be honest, i think they may still be there but in nowhere as good condition as Dunree but i wouldnt be 100% sure on thatA map would tell all, though i dont know the locations of said forts
    I knew a simple soldier boy.....
    Who grinned at life in empty joy,
    Slept soundly through the lonesome dark,
    And whistled early with the lark.

    In winter trenches, cowed and glum,
    With crumps and lice and lack of rum,
    He put a bullet through his brain.
    And no one spoke of him again.

    You smug-faced crowds with kindling eye
    Who cheer when soldier lads march by,
    Sneak home and pray you'll never know
    The hell where youth and laughter go.

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