Republic of Ireland: Northern Regions

 

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The northern part of the Republic of Ireland is an area of rugged coastline, mountains, lakes, forests, and boglands. Its ancient history is visible in its neolithic ruins, iron age fortresses, elegant churches and stately castles.

Johnny Cash's song, " Forty Shades of Green" penned during his trip to Ireland in 1959, captures the lush beauty and stunning scenery of the Irish countryside.

Donegal is a typical "market town" serving as a base for local commerce and services, and for travellers embarking on hill-walking treks. It is known for its fine woolen textiles.

Killorglin is the home of the traditional Celtic Puck Festival celebrated every August with a captured goat, King Puck, symbolizing the harvest and fertility. An accompanying  story tells of a goat warning the town of Cromwell's advance.

A fun event is the Matchmaking Festival every September in Lisdoonvarna. It is claimed that Willy's sophisticated database is successful in uniting romantic couples.

Drumcliff lies at the foot of Benbulben mountain and displays a round tower and high cross of the early Christian period, and the grave of Irish poet W.B. Yeats.

Sligo is a picturesque city which serves as a gateway to the  Lough Gill natural  area, with a rejuvenated riverfront and a lively art and music scene.

Some ancient buildings such as Dunguaire Castle have been restored and offer travellers experiences such as madrigal performances and medieval banquets.

 

Throughout the countryside are thousands of ruined buildings. These are either the ruins of ancient abbeys, monasteries and churches of 11th to 15th Centuries or the "famine cottages" that were deserted in the early 19th Century.

Galway is a delightful spot, with sights such as Lynch's Castle and Eyre Square, and numerous art and music venues, especially preserving Celtic language and culture.

Among the picturesque storefronts in Galway are those of jewellers offering the traditional Claddagh engagement and wedding rings.

Artisans continue the tradition of hand-carving Celtic symbols in stone.

     

W. B. Yeats featured Irish legends and heroes in his poetry and plays.

A rich musical tradition includes Celtic drums and harps.

The most famous landmark in the area is the Cliffs of Moher, running 8 kilometers and reaching 214 meters in height with vistas of the Aran islands.

The Cliffs of Moher walk extends for 18 kilometers from Hag's Head to Doolin past the visitor center and O'Brien Tower.

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This site was last updated 08/11/19