How Glenveagh National Park came to be

Glenveagh National Park now is managed by National Parks and Wildlife Service but originally passed through the hands of several owners. The ancient name for Glenveagh was Derryveagh which means ‘forest of oak and birch’. [...]

How The Giants Causeway formed

  Scientists believe that 60 million years ago volcanic eruptions caused lava to slowly ooze out of the earth. It cooled rapidly and contracted forming 40 thousand interlocking columns made of black basalt.  Some are [...]

The Plantation of Ulster

The Plantation of Ulster   6 Counties – Donegal Armagh Fermanagh Derry Tyrone and Cavan   This was the taking over of Irish lands from Gaelic Chiefs such as the O’Donnells by the British when [...]

Penal Laws

Penal Laws   Penal laws were imposed after the Reformation in an attempt to force Roman Catholics and dissenters, such as Presbyterians, to accept a particular religion as set down by British Rule. If caught [...]

The History of Donegal Town

Donegal Town   Donegal Town sits at the estuary of the River Eske and the opening of Donegal Bay with a back drop of the Blue Stack Mountains.  The name means ‘Fort of the Foreigners’, [...]

Doagh Famine Village

Doagh Famine Village   At a turn off the R 238 from Carndonagh to Ballyliffen and then 4 km along a narrow winding road is The Famine Village.  It is situated on The Isle of [...]

How Malin Town came to be

Where the River Ballyboe meets Trawbreaga Bay sits Malin Town which is a 17 th Century Plantation town. Coming from the Carndonagh direction, an impressive ten arch bridge leads into the small compact town built [...]

Downhill House and Mussenden Temple

Downhill House was built in the early 1770’s for Bishop Frederick Hervey as his holiday home. It stands between Downhill Strand and the village of Castlerock on land which belonged to the church. It goes [...]

The Story of Grianan of Aileach

This is a stone ring fort which sits on an exposed hilltop 800 feet above sea level in Innishowen, Co Donegal. It is thought to have been built in the 6 th or 7 th Century [...]

The history of the Derry Walls – the only complete city walls in the world

In 1608 the small town of Derry, once named Doire meaning Oakgrove, was in ruins after the onslaught by the Irish rebellion against the invasion of the English. Elizabeth 1 ordered the building of walls to [...]

Load More Posts