A Spring Walk

The week before last, I shed the cobwebs of winter, as I walked along ancient tracks well traveled in my childhood. This stream connects two adjacent lakes. My mother’s childhood home sits at the top of Mullaghderg Lake seen in the background of this photograph: I walked these tracks on many occasions with my late … More A Spring Walk

New Year Blessings

It was a very mild but very wet Christmas!  I missed walking, so I was delighted when Carrickfin Beach beckoned me on a beautiful sunny but frosty day. The beach was almost deserted, as I admired the frost on the sand dunes and seaweed – a rare delight. I reflected on the past year and … More New Year Blessings

Tory Island- The Legend of Balor of the Evil Eye

Leabhar Gabhala Eireann ( The Book of the Taking of Ireland) suggests that Tory was first occupied by settlers from Turkey called Nemedians. A group of pirates from Carthage called The Fomorians banished the Nemedians. Conan who was a Fomorian king, built a tower from whence Tory is believed to have gotten its name Tor … More Tory Island- The Legend of Balor of the Evil Eye

Tory Island Walks

Walking through West Town An Baile Thiar, I felt incredibly happy to note that Tory remains unspoiled. I really love the traditional style of the buildings and their colourful paintwork. Continuing past the club house, which is legendary for its musical entertainment, I headed for the western tip of the island. My intention was to … More Tory Island Walks

The Wild Atlantic Way – Tory Island

Tory is the most remote of Ireland’s inhabited islands, lying twelve kilometres off the coast of Donegal. It is part of the tourist initiative “The Wild Atlantic Way,” offering visitors stunning walks, diving, fishing, bird watching, historical sites, Irish culture and a very warm welcome. A ferry leaves for the island from Magheraroarty pier, a … More The Wild Atlantic Way – Tory Island

The Happy Camper

I stopped off at a very special spot in Glenveagh National Park a few weeks ago. “The Happy Camper” is a real gem of a cafe – surrounded by stunning views of ancient peat bogs with Muckish Mountain standing proudly in the background. The view of peat bogs and Muckish Mountain Maria McCormack serves her … More The Happy Camper

Miseog

The ruins of Miseog’s Home Peggy Boyle known as Miseog, was a prophetess who lived in the townland of Ballymanus, a couple of miles from my home here in County Donegal. Background Miseog, a native Irish speaker, was born in 1816 and married Paddy Harley, who made several trips to work in the coal mines … More Miseog