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Donegal, Ireland

A Tour of County Donegal

After breakfast at our B&B, we headed toward County Tyrone. The day started out rather misty, but improved by the time we reached the Beaghmore Stone Circles. This is a small complex of Neolithic stone circles, alignments and cairns. It was lost to history by encroaching peatland, but rediscovered by a farmer harvesting peat. The site includes 7 circles (3 pairs, and a single). These circles differ considerably from others we have seen. First, the stones here are generally quite small. Second, we have never seen stone circles in clusters like this. At other sites, the stones are thought to have served a calendar function. Here, that seems unlikely, as there would be no need to have multiple “calendars” within feet of one another. On the contrary, this site appears much more like some type of community.
We continued on to the town of Omagh. Jim has recently discovered, through testing of his DNA, that he is a close descendant of Rev. James Maxwell of Omagh, the first Presbyterian minister of Omagh, from 1700-1750 a.d. We managed to find the only coffee joint open on Easter Sunday, for a cappuccino and a scone. We then walked through deserted streets to the First Presbyterian Church, for a photo.
We continued our drive, headed for Donegal, in the Republic of Ireland. Much of the country we passed through was rolling farmland, home to sheep and dairy cattle. Once we neared the border with Ireland, the land became more rugged and mountainous, and covered with peat and heather.
We checked into our B&B on the shore of scenic Lough Eske. We continued into the town of Donegal, which is a quaint little port town, presently over-run with Easter weekend tourists. We checked out the remains of an old abbey, before heading for an early dinner at the Olde Castle Bar, a building that was a stable for the castle for 300 years, before becoming a pub for the past 125 years. We had an excellent dinner of roast lamb, comforted in the thought that the little lamb had not died in vain.

Beaghmore Stone Circles

Downtown Omagh
First Presbyterian Church in Omagh
Old Church in Donegal
View from our B&B bedroom window
Beautiful countryside near our B&B
Our delicious roast lamb dinner.

Posted by Jimpat 13:08

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Great blog!

by ToddP

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