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William Allingham


William Allingham.
 

One of Donegal's best known poets is William Allingham a native of Ballyshannon. He is probably best remembered for his poem 'The Fairies'.

Allingham was born in 1824 in a building now occupied by the Allied Irish bank. A bust of him is displayed in the bank along with a pane of glass on which he had etched

This name's duration shall surpass
The hand that wrote it in the glass.


The Fairies.

Up the airy mountain
Down the rushy glen
We daren't go a-hunting
For fear of little men.

The bridge over the river Erne is named after Allingham, he died in 1898 and was buried in St Anne's churchyard.

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Malin Head.
 

(Brow or brow of a hill.)

Malin head at the northern tip of Donegal is the most northerly point of Ireland. From it on a clear day you can se the Scottish islands of Islay and Jura. The heads highest point 'Banba's Crown' is 110 Metres (362 ft) this name is derived from one of the pre Christian Pagan Queens of Ireland. On the summit is a derelict Martello tower, which was used by LLoyds as a signal station in the early 19th century

Malin town was planted and settled after the siege of Londonderry in 1689. It has a ten arched stone bridge built in 1758 said to be the second longest in Ireland

There is a rock formation known as 'Hell's Hole' and also a rock hewn cell known as 'Wee House of Malin' both of these can be explored with caution. In the past, each year on the 15th August monks used to gather on the shore to bathe naked in the sea to wash away their sins.

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Aran Island.
 

The island of Aran is a half hour boat journey from Burtonport. Is has an area of about 7 sq miles and has a surprisingly large population for its size, if is almost treeless except for a few at Leabgarrow. There are two good beaches near there also. The main industry's are fishing and tourism.

The island has fared well recently with the implementation of EEC grants. In 1990 a new secondary school was opened. (See also Islands of Ireland.);

Arranmore from Samuel Lewis' Topographical Directory of Ireland 1837

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