"The Pride of them All"
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Name : County Donegal
[ Name : Dun na nGall ]
Location : The Province of Ulster
Population : approx 161,500
County Donegal is the largest County in Ulster and comes in at fourth largest County in Ireland. County Donegal is unique in that it only shares it's border with one other County in the Republic of Ireland - County Leitrim. Being isolated in the North West corner of the Country has led to a distinct cultural identity and pride amoung the inhabitants of County Donegal , hence the popular saying "Up here it's different" It's a County of extremes and maybe all the better for it. At times the weather with all it's brutality leaves things desolate and bleak and yet when the sun manages to shine this is a County of splendour and natural beauty with it's mountain passes and sparkling lakes. The County also boasts numerous golden sandy beaches and a rugged coastline that easily rivals anything that Kerry or Connemara has to offer.
The County is the most mountainous in Ulster consisting of mainly two ranges of mountain, the Derryveagh Mountains in the north and the Bluestack Mountains in the south. Mount Errigal is the largest of these at 2,457 ft. The County has a number of natural sea loughs, of which both Lough Swilly and Lough Foyle would be the better known. We also boast that the sea cliffs at Slieve League are the sixth highest sea cliffs in Europe and that the County has the most northerly point on the whole island of Ireland.
Just off the coast we have two well known islands and holiday destinations, Arranmore and Tory Island.
The most northerly point in the whole Country of Ireland is at the northern tip of the Inishowen Peninsula at Malin Head. It's a special peaceful place and is rugged, desolate and sparsely populated with numerous castle ruins and ancient sites, not to mention the still-lived -in thatched cottages.
On the more sheltered side of this Peninsula and with Lough Swilly as a backdrop, stands the busy and attractive town of Buncrana.
John Newton, the composer of Amazing Grace, was inspired to write his legendary song after his ship the Greyhound took refuge in the calm waters of Lough Swilly during a severe storm in 1748. He and his crew were welcome in Buncrana after their near-death experience and his spiritual journey from slave trader to antislavery campaigner had it's beginings here. He went on to become a prolific hymn writer and later mentored William Wilberforce in his fight against slavery.
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Stephen Diggin Art
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