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“As We Gaze Through the Ages”


Foreland Heights overlooking Inishsirrer Island, GweedoreCounty Donegal, Ireland


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Foreland Heights overlooking Inishsirrer Island, GweedoreCounty Donegal, Ireland

On all my travels across Donegal, I have yet to find hand stacked dry stone walls as beautifully preserved as these. It takes my thoughts back to what life may have been like hundreds of years ago on these barren coastal shores. It would have been a very tough life I would imagine & if these walls could only talk, I’d say there would be many a tale to be told ?

As we nowadays gaze over these ancient walls & island ruins, we are looking back into the ages, like pages in a history book. These structures are a true standing testament of time that were obviously painstakingly built by generations now long gone. I take my hat off to those hard-working folk & their efforts have not gone unnoticed ?

‘Inishsirrer’ as seen in the distance is now a deserted island just under a mile off the north coast of Donegal along the Wild Atlantic Way. This small settlement of ‘Inishsirrer’ was once a thriving fishing community. Today this little island is sadly uninhabited. All that remains is this little ‘Ghost Town’ with its abandoned cottages, shops, dry stone walls & small harbour all echoing its once bustling past….Bloody Forelands

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