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An Grianán of Aileach, Co. Donegal

The Grianan of Aileach is a prehistoric hillfort built of dry stone on a hill called Greenan Mountain, that rises to a height of about 800 feet some about 8km from Derry city. The enclosure is...

A look at Ballyshannon in the 1800s

From A Topographical Dictionary of Ireland, by Samuel Lewis (1837) BALLYSHANNON, a sea-port, market, and posttown (formerly a parliamentary borough), partly in the parish of INNISMACSAINT, but...

Rathmullan

Rathmullan, Co. Donegal

Rathmullan is a small, picturesque seaside village on the western shores of Lough Swilly in Co. Donegal. In 1607 the Flight of the Earls took place just outside the village in a place called Carolina...

Fanad Lighthouse, Donegal

Fanad Lighthouse dates back to 1812 when a lighthouse was proposed for the mouth of Lough Swilly following the terrible shipwreck of HMS Saldanha. George Halpin, a civil engineer, was tasked with the...

Donegal Castle

Donegal Castle

Donegal castle was built in the c. 1474 by Red Hugh O’Donnell sits beside the River Eske. The castle was originally the home of the O’Donnell clan. Around the same time he and his wife...

Mary Anne’s Shop, Rathmullan

Mary Anne Friel lived near Elly, Oughterlin and worked for Mrs. Boyce in Downings. When Mrs. Boyce decided to retire from the knitting business she offered Mary Anne a choice of machines. Mary Anne...

Doonagore Castle, Doolin, Co. Clare

Doonagore Castle was built in the 16th century, on the site of a castle which had stood since the 1300s. Most castles around this time were built with limestone, however Doonagore Castle was built...

Ha’penny Bridge, Dublin

The Ha’penny bridge is a familiar sight to many Dubliners, having stood since 1816 and provides crossing to above 30,000 people a day. The bridge, originally called the Wellington Bridge, but...

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