Donegal Journals

Out and Around North West Ireland

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A September 2006 trip to Donegal by hagnel2

Burtonport Photo, County Donegal, Ireland More Photos
Quote: This journal covers journeys through Sligo, the Inishowen Peninsula (in the Republic) and a memorable trip to Glenveagh National Park in County Donegal.

Out and Around North West Ireland

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Burtonport Photo, County Donegal, Ireland
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Ireland is one of my favourite places, each county has its own charm; even when it pours down there is always something to cast a spell be it a misty scene or friendly encounter with the locals. This county and park has some of the most stunning and varied countryside that rivals anything I have seen anywhere else in my travels: oak and pine forests, plunging cliffs and peaceful beaches. Golden eagles extinct 100 years ago have returned to Glenveigh, red deer roam freely, and a highland castle sits in the midst of this huge conservation area.In the Republic, the Inishowen peninsula (Inis Eogan) juts into the wild Atlantic. The best way to explore this unique area is to follo...Read More

Village of Rosses Point

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Attraction | "Haunts Of Yeats. Rosses Point. County Sligo."

Village of Rosses Point Photo, Sligo, Ireland
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Rosses Point close by Drumcliff was a well-known haunt of the poet. Yeats younger brother Jack was a renowned artist as was his father. Many of Jacks paintings depict landscapes around Rosses Point and they are delightful. As you walk around the small fishing peninsula it is easy to understand the source of the Yeats brother’s inspiration.Magical seascapes and lonely blue flag beaches certainly provide food for the spirit. It was during the poet’s visits to Rosses Point that he became interested in mysticism and this is definitely the place for magical landscapes.The Spanish Armada sailed here, and it is the closest point to New York in Western Ireland; also Coney islands amusement par...Read More

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Village of Rosses Point

County Sligo

Drumcliff Church, W. B. Yeats Grave

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Attraction | "Yeats Grave At Drumcliff. County Sligo"

Drumcliff Church, W. B. Yeats Grave Photo, Sligo, Ireland
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A decade after his death the great bard of Ireland William Butler Yeats body was finally laid to rest in this ancient churchyard just four miles north of Sligo town. The mystical mists enshrouding Ben Bulben seems most appropriate; the brooding mountain appears to stand as a silent beautiful sentinel over his simple resting place. Yeats wish was to be buried in this churchyard, indeed he wrote his own epitaph it can be found in his poem “Under Ben Bulben” to quote partially it reads.“Under bare Ben Bulben’s head in Drumcliff churchyard Yeats is laid”, the poem ends with the famous lines “cast a cold eye on death horseman pass me by.” We made a very brief stop at this grave in September 2005 bu...Read More

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Drumcliff Church, W. B. Yeats Grave
County Sligo
Drumcliff, Ireland

Poisoned Glen Photo,
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We began this scenic drive from the delightful but busy county town Letterkenny, set near the river Swilly it is a popular destination for visitors intending to explore Glenveigh National Park; bring your walking shoes as it boasts the longest main streets in Ireland. The hilly street seems to stretch beyond the town, although most of its main shops and restaurants are along or just off the main center. A network of narrow streets lead from its main thoroughfare and Saint Eunans Cathedral towers above the town. Letterkenny is also the ecclesiastical capital of county Donegal and the Cathedral’s beautiful stained glass is worth seeing. The building itself is imposing with flying buttresses a...Read More

A Drive Around The Inishowen Peninsula

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Brooding view from Malin Head Photo,
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We spent two days exploring this peninsula, although on the first day we didn’t realize that we had crossed into the republic until we stopped at a small bar in Muff and received our change in euros. We didn’t notice a marked demarcation point but on subsequent road trips, we noted that the republic of Ireland's roads all display a yellow margin marker and speed limits are in kilometers. The peninsula is very scenic occupying the entire northwest of the republic and a world away from the hustle of Dublin.The coast road here has a special appeal in that its view over the waters of Lough Foyle are stunning; during our drive we observed oyster boats bobbing in the rough deep blue waters an...Read More