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    "Dear Old Donegal" Song

    by BillNJ Updated Dec 7, 2009

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    Favorite thing: "Dear Old Donegal" is an Irish song written by Steve Graham in 1942, and its best known singer was Bing Crosby of the United States. The song is about a poor Irishman who left his homeland to emigrate to America. Later, after having become successful, he plans a return to his native County Donegal -- and imagines that they'll throw a big party for him.

    The lyrics of the song are:

    It seems like only yesterday
    I sailed from out of Cork.
    A wanderer from Erin's isle,
    I landed in New York.
    There wasn't a soul to greet me there,
    A stranger on your shore,
    But Irish luck was with me here,
    And riches came galore.
    And now that I'm going back again
    To dear old Erin's isle,
    My friends will meet me on the pier
    And greet me with a smile.
    Their faces, sure, I've almost forgot,
    I've been so long away,
    But me mother will introduce them all
    And this to me will say:

    chorus:
    Shake hands with your Uncle Mike, me boy,
    And here is your sister, Kate.
    And there's the girl you used to swing
    Down by the garden gate.
    Shake hands with all of the neighbours,
    And kiss the colleens all;
    You're as welcome as the flowers in May
    To dear old Donegal.

    They'll give a party when I go home,
    They'll come from near and far.
    They'll line the roads for miles and miles
    With Irish jauntin' cars.
    The spirits'll flow and we'll be gay,
    We'll fill your hearts with joy.
    The piper'll play an Irish reel
    To greet the Yankee boy.
    We'll dance and sing the whole night long,
    Such fun as never seen.
    The lads'll be decked in corduroy,
    The colleens wearin' green.
    There'll be thousands there that I never saw,
    I've been so long away,
    But me mother will introduce them all
    And this to me will say:

    (chorus)

    Meet Branigan, Fannigan, Milligan, Gilligan,
    Duffy, McCuffy, Malachy, Mahone,
    Rafferty, Lafferty, Donnelly, Connelly,
    Dooley, O'Hooley, Muldowney, Malone,
    Madigan, Cadigan, Lanihan, Flanihan,
    Fagan, O'Hagan, O'Hoolihan, Flynn,
    Shanihan, Manihan, Fogarty, Hogarty,
    Kelly, O'Kelly, McGuinness, McGuinn.

    (chorus)

    The first line of the song indicates that the song's writer, Steve Graham, may not have been very familiar with Irish geography. It is highly unlikely that a poor Irishman from County Donegal in the north would travel all of the way to Cork in the south to emigrate to America. Instead, Derry would have been the most likely port of departure for an emigrant from County Donegal. In the alternative, Mr. Graham may have known Irish geography -- but chose Cork because it rhymes with New York.

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    An Gaeltacht

    by BillNJ Updated Dec 17, 2009

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    Favorite thing: Gaeltacht is the Irish language word meaning an Irish-speaking region. In Ireland, the term An Gaeltacht (or the Gaeltacht) refers individually or collectively to districts where the government recognizes that the Irish language is the predominant language, that is, the vernacular spoken at home. One such district is the Rosguill Peninsula where Downings is located. As such, many signs in the area are in the Irish language.

    Most of the Gaeltacht areas of Ireland are in the west, and large portions of County Donegal are included. Below is a link to an article about the Gaeltacht which includes a map of the currently recognized Gaeltacht districts in Ireland.

    http://www.gaeltachttravel.com/gaeltacht-regions/statistics-on-the-gaeltacht-and-the-irish-language/

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    Music and Craic at Hudibeg's

    by kathycollins Updated Sep 16, 2002

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    Favorite thing: Beyond a shadow of a doubt what I loved most about Donegal is the people! Warm and friendly, fun to be with, lively conversationalists, talented musicians...the most spectacular aspect of this spectacular country is the people!

    Fondest memory: See my travelogue about the music scene in the pubs of Donegal!!

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  • Hill Walking in the Rosses,...

    by Anisha1 Written Aug 24, 2002

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    Favorite thing: Hill Walking in the Rosses, Donegal. The scenery is the most amazing in Ireland, with wild rugged hills and splendid views of the islands and the Atlantic Sea.
    Distance walking routes have been developed and only launched on the 12th May 2000. A total of 290km provides walkers with many opportunities to sample the unique landscape, culture and heritage of the region.

    For a free brochure & map of all the Donegal Gaeltacht Walks contact the Donegal Tourist Office.
    Also check this link for other Donegal walks:
    Donegal Walks

    and this link for some New Donegal Walks

    Irish Walks&Info

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  • Photo: Altan LakeThis lake is...

    by Anisha1 Written Aug 24, 2002

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    Favorite thing: Photo: Altan Lake
    This lake is located on the side of Mt Errigal.
    It's quite a hike, so take a picnic. There is a path all the way down the hillside to it, but the hike back was pretty tough for me. For any fit people out there, it'll be no problem.

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  • Magheraclogher Beach, low...

    by Anisha1 Written Aug 24, 2002

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    Favorite thing: Magheraclogher Beach, low tide.

    'Ostan Gweedore Hotel is situated on this beach, with a leisure complex. There are plenty of hotels, Guest houses and B+B's in the area.

    GAELTACHT
    This is in the heart of the Gaeltacht, (Irish speaking areas). You will hear the locals chatting away in the Gaelic language in any shop, bar or restaurant. You may even pick up afew phrases on your visit.

    Donegal has lots of Gaeltacht areas, Gweedore, Glen Clom Cille, Fintown, The Rosses, Falcarragh and Downings. You may notice the signposts changing from English to Irish, this is one way of knowing you're in a Gaeltacht area.

    LAKES ARE NOW REOPEN TO VISITORS 10/4/01.

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  • Lake Fishing......Loughanure...

    by Anisha1 Updated Aug 24, 2002

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    Favorite thing:
    Lake Fishing......Loughanure Lake.
    There's sea and lake fishing, plenty of natural trout, and sea trout and three of the main lakes are stocked afew times every season. We have 103 lakes here in the Rosses, and there are different competitions on all season which are good fun and a great night afterwards with the locals.
    Angling in the Rossesor if you like:
    German Version

    DATES for EVENTS
    I'll enter next years dates as soon as I get them.
    A state liscence is necessary for Salmon fishing which costs £25 a year (daily and weekly liscences are also available).

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  • Na Tri Mica gCorra.Donegal...

    by Anisha1 Written Aug 24, 2002

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    Favorite thing: Na Tri Mica gCorra.
    Donegal SEA ANGLING
    I took this trip at the end of May 2001.
    We happened to get a magnificent day, the waters were calm, not a cloud in the sky and plenty of fish.
    We were taken around Owey Island and Arár Mór, where the cliff scenery and bird life is unbeatable. We decided to end the day with a pint in Arán Mór's beach bar of Phil Bán.

    HIGHLY RECOMMENDED TRIP.
    For the full information on the trip check the travelogue.

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  • There's nothing like a seatrip...

    by Anisha1 Written Aug 24, 2002

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    Favorite thing: There's nothing like a seatrip on a Summer's day to give you an appetite.

    You can see Aran MÓr Head in the distance here.

    You can take a trip from Burtonport harbour, or from Bunbeg pier. Boats are available for hire, for fishings and island hopping. ALL EQUIPTMENT IS SUPPLIED IF NEEDED.
    Check the link:
    Donegal SEA ANGLING
    If you want the fish cooked for you, you can organise this with the Skippers Tavern in Burtonport.
    If you're passing through Burtonport, you should go to The Lobster Pot for dinner, you will not be disappointed.

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  • Irish dancing is alive and...

    by Anisha1 Written Aug 24, 2002

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    Favorite thing:

    Irish dancing is alive and kickin'.
    They are very competitive, and great to watch.
    Competitions are run throughout the year in various towns, going from local to international standards.

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    Friendly locals

    by sue_stone Updated Jul 4, 2004

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    Favorite thing: The locals are friendly!!!!

    Just make sure you have some bread to feed them.

    Fondest memory: All the people in Ireland are so friendly - some are a little pushier than others when there is bread on offer!

    Related to:
    • Family Travel

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    the place to meet people from all over the world

    by pinoccio Updated Dec 17, 2004

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    Favorite thing: BEEDY'S BAR

    at Moya and Dave

    North in Ireland,

    DUNGLOE, enjoy a drink ( or two )
    at this wonderful people

    Fondest memory: IRISH PEOPLE ARE PROBABLY ONE OF THE BEST HOSTS IN THE WORLD !

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  • Cruit Island golf course. The...

    by Anisha1 Written Aug 24, 2002

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    Favorite thing: Cruit Island golf course. The is a bridge connecting the island to the mainland.
    This is a 9 hole course.
    href='http://www.golfeurope.com/clubs/cruit_island/'Cruit Golf

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  • Ebb of the tide at sunset,...

    by Anisha1 Written Aug 24, 2002

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    Favorite thing: Ebb of the tide at sunset, with Aran Mor island in the distance. This is a photographers' dream, the scenery is breathtaking.

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    Back to nature

    by orlikins Written Sep 13, 2002

    Favorite thing: Bundoran would be good for a sporty holiday - definitely good for fishing, cycling & golf.

    Fondest memory: Looking for a fairy wishing well around Killybegs. It's very hard to find, though we got there eventually! :)

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