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A Grand Adventure at Glenveagh National Park

A Grand Adventure at Glenveagh National Park

Dia dhuit! Hope you're keeping grand and the craic is mighty with you.

Well have a look at my video here first:


I'm writing to tell you all about my recent escapade to the stunning Glenveagh National Park in the county of Donegal, over in the Wild atlantic way. And let me tell you, Donegal has the best surfing waves of Europe they say.

Now, let me start by saying that Glenveagh Castle itself is a sight to behold. Majestically perched on the shores of Lough Veagh, this enchanting castle has a story that'd make your hair stand on end. Built way back in the 19th century by the big-shot John George Adair, it's a symbol of the wealth and power that was flaunted by the ruling classes of the time. In fact, this man was full of money and had left his estate in County Laois and headed up to Donegal.

But, there's a darker side to its history that can't be ignored. The Irish evictions, or "the great clearing," as some call it, cast a long shadow over Glenveagh and the surrounding area. Back in the day, the poor tenants who lived on Adair's land were forcibly removed from their humble homes, leaving behind heartache and despair. Many died, emigrated or survived. It's a part of our history that reminds us of the struggles and resilience of our ancestors. The fighting Irish. We never gave up.

To make matters a little better, the second owner went to an Island off Donegal for a stroll and never came back. There are rumors about what might have happened...

And, a lovely ending to it's history was that a man from America who had an Irish grandfather, he bought it. An Irish man who made it in America.

Anyway, let's not dwell on the sorrows of old. On my visit, I soaked up the natural beauty of Glenveagh National Park, as well as a pint of Guinness in the local pub - it was a roasting day.

The park stretches as far as the eye can see, with rolling hills, sparkling lakes, and vibrant flora painting a picture-perfect landscape. I took myself on a ramble through the ancient woodland, where the trees whispered tales of centuries gone by, where other parts were converted into luxury gardens and more.

And I took a tour in the castle itself - I couldn't resist having a look. and by God was it posh. They had everything while the Irish had nothing.

From its ancient castle with a troubled past to the breathtaking landscapes and the warm embrace of the Donegal hospitality, it's a place that'll steal your heart faster than a leprechaun can disappear.

Sure, if you ever get the chance, you must visit Glenveagh yourself. I promise you won't be disappointed. Until then, stay well, keep smiling, and remember to raise a glass for the families that lost everything. We survived and isn't that the great thing.

Slán go fóill!


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  • Susan Dolan
    Jun 15, 2023 at 20:45

    I do enjoy your stories and wish I could visit every site. So very beautiful. Thank You so much
    and I always shed a tear and say a prayer for all those who suffered so much.

  • Ali
    Jun 15, 2023 at 17:37

    Great hat!

  • Cindy Johnson
    Jun 15, 2023 at 17:35

    We travelled across this beautiful county of Donegal but we always regretted not visiting this park. It was out of the way. Thank you for sharing this.


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