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After spending a few days way up in the North of Ireland I came back from Donegal yesterday, tired but with lots of lovely memories and a camera filled with photos.

I stayed in a town called Cardonagh, close to the most northerly point of Ireland, on the Inishowen peninsula . Donegal is stunningly beautiful, very green and due to it’s isolation to the rest of the Republic of Ireland it has a very distinct cultural identity. As the people of Donegal say themselves: “Up here it’s different”.

As always in Ireland the weather was wet, sunny, windy, stormy, hot and humid one after the other and at times all rolled up into one changeable day. But when you are in good company and have lots to see the weather becomes secondary.

On Monday my friend and I went to the Donagh Famine Village and Carrickabraghy Castle (also known as the Castles), right up at the north Atlantic coast.Here are a few of the many photos I took:

Canny's Cottage,  this little home was built for a Hermite by the people of Inishowen so he wouldn't have to live in a cave

Canny’s Cottage, this little home was built for a Hermite by the people of Inishowen so he wouldn’t have to live in a cave

Doagh Strand

Doagh Strand

Doagh Strand

Doagh Strand

for visitors only

for visitors only

green lighting in a ramshackled toilet

green lighting in a ramshackled toilet

Doagh famine Village, the tour guide lived in this house until 1984

Doagh Famine Village, the tour guide lived in this house until 1984

thatched roof

thatched roof

the ceiling inside

the ceiling inside

hanging from the rafters

hanging from the rafters

a swallows nest

a swallows nest

take a seat (green and yellow are the Donegal colours)

take a seat (green and yellow are the Donegal colours)

cottage rose

cottage rose

hand woven basket

hand woven basket

making the door fit

making the door fit

a cup of tea

a cup of tea

pebble beach

pebble beach

for the brave

for the brave

Carrickabraghey Castle, or the Castles as it is known locally

Carrickabraghey Castle, or the Castles as it is known locally

the Atlantic

the Atlantic

build on rock (carrick)

build on rock (carrick)

an Inishowen Chicken

an Inishowen Chicken

growing inside

growing inside

some rusty nails

some rusty nails

working farm

working farm

wonder if Queen Elizabeth knows about this

wonder if Queen Elizabeth knows about this

 

 

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