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A tidy slim book designed to eek the adventure out of you.

Rambles Round Donegal, Patrick Campbell
The Mercier Press, Dublin and Cork
1981, Paperback

I picked up this book at a small bookstore in Dublin and I’m very wise to do so. After visiting my grandmother’s home in the Croaghs I want to learn all I can about Co. Donegal. The fiddling, folklore and fishing would be my main interests so far, well aside from the beautiful scenery. The book gives a tour of the county and brief interludes of tales of its’ people make it an excellent addition to the literature of the county.

Glen of Glenties

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On my first visit to Ireland, in August of this year, I visited Co. Donegal.  I was truly bewitched by the landscape. The peace of the mountains and greenery, the allure of the solitude, the vast history of the island, leaves much for the imagination to germinate. I could picture myself uprooting and moving there, though it would certainly be a less than painless process, but the thought of moving and the prospect of it are what might keep drawing me back.

I felt at home in Donegal. Knowing my grandparents are from the county and seeing firsthand the farmhouse where my grandmother was raised have lit not just a fire but an inferno of sentiment and dedication to experience the land and the people of Ireland. Not just for a paltry week but for as long as I can possibly manage. However all of this might grandly sound, the lack of work there and the lack of resources here will most surely terminate the idea of permanent return.

Evan Kerry, Oct. 2013


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Donegal Fiddle Playing


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