Fingal Heritage Sites
Aspects of Fingal Dublin's rich heritage and long history are encapsulated in the many famous buildings, churches, castles, great houses and archaeological sites located in the area. The area boasts a wealth of monuments, some dating as far back as 5,000 years, spanning various periods of Fingal Dublin's history from Christian civilizations and the Viking occupation to the diversity of Anglo-Irish history through to modern day Fingal Dublin.
Christianity bestowed Fingal Dublin with a wealth of monasteries, churches and towers. Some of the finer examples include the 6th century Lusk Round Tower with its attached tower house of 16th Century origin. Swords Round Tower in the grounds of the Church of Ireland in Swords is all that remains of an early Christian foundation. St. Doulagh’s Church, Kinsealy, occupies the site of a 7th century monastic settlement founded by St. Doulagh.
The twelve Martello Towers, which once formed a coastal defence system against invasion along Fingal Dublin’s shores during Napoleonic times, still present vivid reminders of that era.