Donegal, Northern Ireland – May 2019

Our tour of Ireland was now in its 5th day and as we left Londonderry, we headed to the town of Donegal in County Ulster.  Donegal is one of the northernmost towns in Ireland and it is a tourist attraction because of the wool weaving industry.  Many of the stores of Donegal sell the tweed fabric, the quality and design of the fabric is highly prized.

A weaver demonstrates how to operate the weaving loom in Donegal.
A weaver demonstrates how to operate the weaving loom in Donegal.

The highlight of the visit to the town of Donegal was the tour of the Donegal Castle.

Donegal Castle is the historic home of the O'Donnell Clan in Northern Ireland.
Donegal Castle is the historic home of the O’Donnell Clan in Northern Ireland.

Donegal Castle was built by Red Hugh O’Donnell, the young ‘Eagle of the North in the late 15th century. 

For most of the last two centuries, the majority of the buildings\ lay in ruins but the castle was almost fully restored in the early 1990s.

The last stop of the day was at the gravesite of William Butler Yeats which was surrounded by gravestones of the Celtic cross and flowers such as Foxglove and Roses.

Here’s a joke, remembered by sister, Louise, told by the tour guide on our Irish Tour:

 “In me kitchen pantry you’ll find a 100- year-old bottle of whiskey. When they put me in the ground will you pour it over me grave?”

“I will, Paddy,” Mike says. “But would you mind if I passed it through me kidneys first?

Enjoy the photos and look for the next blog: West Coast of Ireland: Cliffs of Moher, and Galway.