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Fanad Lighthouse, Donegal

Nestled on the northern coast of the Fanad Peninsula in County Donegal, Ireland, Fanad Lighthouse stands as a beacon of maritime history and architectural beauty. Overlooking the wild Atlantic Ocean, this iconic lighthouse serves not only as a critical navigation aid but also as a cherished historical monument. First lit on March 17, 1817, Fanad Lighthouse was...

How Tyrone and Tirconaill (Donegal) got their names.

Tir Eoghan the province of Owen was once a great principality, which stretched its frontier from the west of Lough Erne across Lough Neagh to the shores of the Channel by Belfast. In the days when Irelandhad a fate of her own Tyrone was the country of the O’Neill. Centuries after Strongbow centuries after the Norman invaders had become “more Irish than...

The murder of Lord Leitrim

The third Earl of Leitrim had served in the army, rising to be a colonel, before he succeeded his father in the title. He was a man by no means wholly bad and possessed qualities which might, under happier circumstances, have made him famous absolute courage and a perfectly indomitablc will. Nothing could be less like the careless, absentee landlord who has been the...

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 chiefly in that of KILBARRON, barony of TYRHUGH, county of DONEGAL, and province of ULSTER, 35 miles (S. W.) from Lifford, and 102 miles (N. W.) from Dublin; containing...

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 Bay. This marked the end of the Gaelic chieftain rule in Ireland, a major point in Irish history. Some other points of interest in the village are: The ruins of a...