Northern Ireland Journals

Out & Around Ulster

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A September 2006 trip to Northern Ireland by hagnel2

Enniskillen Castle Photo, More Photos
Quote: This journal documents a series of drives we took from Belfast. None of them required overnight stays and the roads were super, for Ireland.

Out & Around Ulster

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Overview

Lake Killishandra Photo,
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This journal describes a selection of drives we took around Armagh, the Mournes in County Down, Fermanagh, and Monaghan. We also traveled through Cavan and enjoyed Guinness and good company in a pub in Balleyjamesduff. We spent several days exploring this part of Ireland, many times taking picnics and hiking whenever we could. Unfortunately, we spent a few lunch hours grabbing a sandwich in the car and peering through the windscreen at rain swept vistas. October and November weather was on par for the time of year and next time we will stick to early September visits. Despite County Armagh’s status as the smallest county in Ulster it is packed with varied scenery and charming hamlets. Armagh...Read More

Enniskillen Castle

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Attraction

Enniskillen Castle Photo,
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Eniskilling Castle is the striking feature in this county town. The castle’s attraction is also due to its position on the River Erne; pretty parkland surrounds it, and it has a close proximity to the town center. The well-preserved building houses a heritage center devoted to Fermanagh life and the Regimental Museum of the Royal Inniskilling Fusiliers and Dragoons. Irish chieftain Hugh Maguire built the original castle in the 15th century. The Maguires held a lot of power around the county and the castle became their stronghold. Because of its position on Lough Erne, it guarded the entry into Ulster. The castle was taken and retaken many times by the O'Donnells, O'Neils, and the English. Dur...Read More

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Enniskillen Castle
Tempo Road
Enniskillen, Ireland BT74 6HX
+44 (28) 6632 6633

A Few Hours in Armagh

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Story/Tip

 Shopping District and along Pilgrims walk Photo,
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"There’s one fair county in Irelandwith memories so glorious and grand,where nature has lavished its bountyit’s the orchard of Erin’s green land.I love her cathedrals and citiesonce founded by Patrick so true,and it holds in the heart of its bosomthe ashes of Brian Boru”It was from Armagh that the Saint Patrick set about converting the pagan Irish to Christianity. The two cathedrals are named Saint Patrick’s and Armagh is the ecclesiastical capital of Ireland. St. Patrick built his first church here in 445 A.D. St. Patrick’s Church of Ireland now stands on the site of the original church, which was destroyed and rebuilt many times; the present church dates from arou...Read More

A Few Hours in Monaghan

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Story/Tip

 Victorian Drinking Fountain Photo,
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This small town in County Monaghan was a delightful stop during our meander through Ireland. The county of Monaghan was once part of the ancient kingdom of Oriel dating back to 330 A.D. The town of Monaghan was founded around 1602-03 and was largely a farming community. A thriving linen industry in the 18th century provided the legacy of fine Regency buildings around the town’s center, which was built on a monastic site. It is becoming apparent to me that many towns were built on such sites. Roads slice hypnotically past cairns and archaeological excavations; occasionally the said sites are within driving distance, but many times you can drive in circles and never find the place. However, you can bet ...Read More

Mourne Mountains

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Attraction | "A Peek at the Mournes from Newcastle"

Mourne Mountains Photo, County Down, Northern Ireland
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Newcastle, located in the beautiful County Down, is one of Ulster’s best and most popular seaside resorts and it is evocative of Percy French’s popular ballad “Where the Mountains of Mourne Sweep Down to the Sea.” When he wrote that ballad, he was definitely thinking of this pretty town and the mountains that actually sweep down to the sea, but in reality, his inspiration was Howth Hill a few miles from Dublin. Slieve Donard provides a stunning backdrop over Newcastle's bay. Besides being a top seaside town it is a great base for exploring the Mourne Mountains. My first impression of the town was its strikingly neat appearance with a wide promenade. Parking was no problem but I imagine in seas...Read More

Mourne Mountains

County Down, Northern Ireland