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Donegal Travel Guide: 44 reviews and 70 photos

Donegal is a nice, small town of 2.5 thousand inhabitants on the Eske River in County Donegal, the north-western part of Ireland. The town is set in a valley girdled by Barnesmore Mountains and Donegal Bay. Dún na nGall (Donegal town), meaning the "Fort of the strangers", gave the county its current name. The name is suggested coming from a Viking fortress destroyed in 12th century by Murtagh Mac Lochlainn, High King of Ireland. However, no archaeological evidence of the fortress exists.

Diamond

In the center of the town a triangular marketplace is flanked on each side by houses with streets radiating from each side. In Diamond, the center of the town, stands an obelisk erected for the memory of the Four Masters. The four franciscan monks wrote on the 17th century the book "Annala Riochta Erenann", more commonly know as Annals of the Four Masters. The book covers the history of Ireland from 2242 BC to 1616AD.

The town is a main centre for the tweed industry in Ireland. Magees of Donegal, tailor of tweed jackets and suits, is located on the Diamond. Visitors can observe Raymond working with traditional methods.

Donegal Castle and Abbey

The castle on the banks of the River Eske is the most important sight of the town. It once belonged to the O'Donnel family. The castle was built in 1474 by Hugh Roe O'Donnell, the chief of the O'Donnell clan. He also built a Franciscan Abbey at the mouth of the Bay, the very same location in which the Four Masters decided to write the Annals. On summer water cruises are organized around Donegal Bay.

  • Last visit to Donegal: May 2005
  • Intro Updated Nov 19, 2006
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