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What is the
rest of Donegal like?
What are Donegal People like?
Donegal is one of the largest Irish counties and is unique for many reasons. As the tourist guides state ‘Donegal is ‘different’! While politically and spiritually it is in the Republic of Ireland, geographically and culturally it is an Ulster County. In reality, Donegal people have a huge sense of identity with their county, and take great pride in their origins. This spirit is evident in all facets of life whether at a sporting fixture, chatting in a pub or meeting people in the street. The people are genuinely warm and have a ready sense of humour. In sporting terms, Donegal is Gaelic Football mad and the County team competes annually in the League and Championship with huge passion from players and supporters alike. Almost every Parish has a Gaelic football team supported passionately by the local community.
Donegal has a huge musical heritage both with traditional Irish music and more contemporary artists such as Enya and Clannad enjoying international acclaim. Donegal has a great tradition of ‘fiddle’ playing particularly in the South of the County.
Donegal has scenery of unparalleled beauty. Mountains, lakes and beaches, coastline and islands, rich agricultural land and traditional deciduous forests, Donegal’s landscape is a blend of contrasting beauty overlaid by the rapidly changing weather patterns from the Atlantic. A drive in any direction will bring you to somewhere worth going! Donegal has a lot of similarities with New Zealand.
Even economically New Zealand and Donegal share a common theme. Traditionally based on agriculture in particular sheep farming, forestry and fishing, the economy has recently developed with more service and high tech industries. Tourism is also a massive part of the local economy with high levels of service and hospitality throughout the County.
The pubs in Donegal are famously inviting and are a reason to visit in themselves. Donegal is also served by many high quality restaurants and hotels, offering service to any taste or pocket desired. Donegal has 45 varied festivals throughout the year, with many seafood festivals held in coastal towns and the renowned Earigail Arts Festival every summer. Details of all events can be sourced through the website www.donegaldirect.com
Donegal has a huge rugged coastline with more inhabited islands than anywhere else in Ireland. It also has the largest Gaelic speaking community in existence. All these factors add up to a rich and diverse cultural heritage within the County.
Truly Donegal is a stunning part of the world, inhabited by a unique people characterised by passion, humour and pride in their native County. It also rains a lot!
Donegal, Letterkenny and Ramelton welcome Kiwis to the native land of Dave Gallaher. From this site you will notice many similarities between Donegal and New Zealand. It is no surprise the Irish emigrants settled in New Zealand so readily and added their Irish qualities to the New Zealand Heritage, both sporting and culturally. You will be received warmly and have a great time in this special Irish County the home of the Original All Black.
Letterkenny has been often quoted as the fastest growing town in Europe. It is the business and retail hub of County Donegal and has developed dramatically over the last twenty years. Socially it has a vibrant nightlife with several top class venues attracting young people from all over the North West of Ireland at weekends. There are several large hotels and many restaurants offering excellent quality service.
Culturally Letterkenny is very active, with An Grianan Theatre providing a major facility for the performing arts and several art galleries selling the work of our many resident Donegal artists. This year Letterkenny will host ‘Fleadh Cheoil na hEireanna’ national Irish Traditional Music festival.
Please see information on www.destinationletterkenny.com
ancestors from Donegal?
By pure coincidence the main resource for researching Donegal Ancestry is based in Dave Gallaher’s Home Town. If you have any ancestral links to Donegal Ramelton is the place to start.
Old Meeting House
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