Local traditions and culture in County Donegal

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    The Turas in Glencolmcille

    by Krumel Written May 30, 2015

    Every year on 9 June a pilgrimage is held in Glencolmcille which takes in 15 stations, consisting of ancient monuments, crosses and natural landmarks. But you can follow the Turas yourself at any time and visit the various stations on your own, although one or two of them are bit tricky to find and to get to.

    It is a great way to explore Glencolmcille and to delve into its history. Little booklets about the Turas are available at the local tourist office in the Glencolmcille Folk Village.

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    • Archeology
    • Historical Travel

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    Smirting & The Smoking Ban

    by orlikins Updated Apr 4, 2011

    Smirting is a combination of the words smoking + flirting, geddit? It started when people had to go out for a ciggie after the ban was enforced, and got chatting to fellow smokers outside on the street, eyes meeting across a cloud of blue nicotine... ;) So you may just meet a local hottie in this way!!

    REMEMBER - Since March 2004, you CANNOT smoke inside bars, cafes or restaurants, or anywhere where people are working (e.g. taxis, offices etc.)
    The legislation is officially known as the Public Health (Tobacco) Act, see link to it below for a summary.

    You may smoke in outside in the street or in designated smoking areas, but never inside a place where people are working (includes offices, bars, restaurants, shops, shopping centres, taxis, etc)

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    Donegal Gaeltacht

    by orlikins Updated Apr 4, 2011

    The irish speaking area of Donegal is up around teh isolated North-West of the county around Gweedore. Donegal Irish is considered the most difficult Irish dialect, so dont worry if you dont understand what they're saying up there!! It does sound lovely though.

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    by MAIGO Written Jun 30, 2007

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    Means Glen of Coloumba's Church.
    Every year at midnight on 9th June, when the pilgrims make a circuit
    of 5km, which is marked by a series of stone-slab and pillers inscribed with cross
    on the slopes round the village.
    Pilgrim must go round the circuit 3 or 7 times, and must always be completed
    before sunrise.

    Glencolumbcille village One of the Station Cross
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    • Historical Travel
    • Arts and Culture

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    Go to a Ceili

    by kathycollins Written Sep 16, 2002

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    A ceili is an evening of local socializing in the form of a community dance. This isn't a commercial cabaret like in Bunratty or Dublin, this is more like a community square dance in rural America. Let your hair down, and just enjoy the spirit. Folks will show you how to join in and dance the set patterns...or just sit and chat with those sitting this round!

    learning the steps

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  • Photo:By Doe Castle.Here...

    by Anisha1 Written Aug 24, 2002

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    Photo:By Doe Castle.

    Here are afew Old Irish Sayings:

    Is minic a bhris béal duine a shrón.
    A person's mouth often broke his nose.

    Bíonn dhá insint ar scéal agus dhá leagan déag ar amhrán.
    There are two sides to every story and twelve versions of a song.

    Níl aon leigheas ar an grá ach pósadh.
    The only cure for love, is marriage!

    Ar scáth a chéile a mhaireas na daoine.
    People survive in one another's shadow.

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  • Glenveagh Castle and National...

    by Anisha1 Written Aug 24, 2002

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    Glenveagh Castle and National Park and gardens.
    For more info check the travelogue.
    For information on more Irish National Parks:
    Irish Parks

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  • Photo of a Standing Stone,...

    by Anisha1 Written Aug 24, 2002

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    Photo of a Standing Stone, GlenColmCille. I hope you can see the designs carved on the stone. These stones are Pre-Christian and were used for wedding ceremonies in Pagan Ireland. (A sign of things to come!).This one stands in the centre of the glen, where a church was built beside it. Christian Ireland took over all the holy pagan sites, (and holidays). In the graveyard of this particular church, you can still see some Pre-Christian headstones with the Sun or Moon carved on them. Check the Glen travelogue for pictures.

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  • The ruins of the forgotten...

    by Anisha1 Written Aug 24, 2002

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    The ruins of the forgotten island of InisCaora.
    There are only afew of the larger islands which are still inhabited around the Donegal coast. You can take a day trip to any of the islands and discover the ghosts of the past, and ramble around what used to be homes to a hardy breed.
    There is an trip to this particular island on the 5th Aug for everyone connected to the island.

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    • Museum Visits

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  • Sandrock Holiday Hostel

    The Sandrock Hostel at Malin Head is by far the best hostel I have stayed in so far. It is located...

  • Harvey's Point

    Lough Eske, Donegal, Ireland

    Satisfaction: Excellent

    Good for: Solo

    Hotel Class 4.5 out of 5 stars

  • The Harbour Inn

    Derry Road, Ludden, Buncrana, Ireland

    Satisfaction: Excellent

    Good for: Couples

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