Tully Castle lies on a hill overlooking the west shore of Lower Lough Erne, north of the village of Derrygonnelly, in County Fermanagh. The impressive remains of this fortified house are set on beautiful Tully Point and was first documented in 1619, shortly after being built for the Hume family, who lived there until 1641. However, the castle was attacked and burned on Christmas Eve in 1641 by Rory Maguire who massacred its inhabitants some time later. It has never been lived in since.
|Tully Castle, Tully, Co. Fermanagh, Northern Ireland|
From here, we head on to Belleek where we hoped to visit the Belleek Pottery Centre. However, being a Sunday, we weren't holding out much hope, which was just as well, as it was as we thought, closed.
|Belleek Pottery Centre, Belleek, Co. Fermanagh|
|Donegal Castle, Donegal, Co. Donegal|
|Donegal Castle, Donegal|
|Famine Graveyard, Donegal|
|The Round Tower in the grounds of the Church of Saints Joseph and Conal, |
Bruckless, Co. Donegal
|Killybegs, Co. Donegal|
|Fishing boats in Killybegs Harbour, Co. Donegal|
|Ardara, Co. Donegal|
|Nesbitt Arms Hotel, Ardara, Co. Donegal|
|Abandoned Famine Cottage, Co. Donegal|
|Mt Errigal, Co. Donegal|
|Sacred Heart Church, Dunlewey, Co. Donegal|
The Poisoned Glen is one of the most beautiful spots in Donegal, Ireland - it's a small glacial valley sandwiched between Errigal, Lake Dunlewey, and the Glenveagh National Park
|Looking towards the Poisoned Glen, Dunlewey, Co. Dunegal|
|The Poisoned Glen nr Dunlewey, Co. Donegal|
|Drying stacks of peat, nr Glenveagh, Co. Donegal|
|Between Dunlewey & Glenveagh, Co. Donegal|
|Glenveagh Castle, Glenveagh National Park, Co. Donegal|
|In the grounds of Glenveagh Castle, Co. Donegal|
Before the area became a national park in 1975, it was managed as a private deer forest. The park was officially opened to the public in 1986. Within the estate is Glenveagh Castle, a stylish 19th century mansion constructed between 1867 and 1873 by John Adair as a romantic highland retreat.
|Lough Beagh, Glenveagh National Park, Co. Donegal|
The estate of Glenveagh was purchased in the mid 1850's by John Adair, a wealthy land speculator from Co. Laois, who was to later incur infamy throughout Donegal and Ireland by ruthlessly evicting over 250 tenants from Derryveagh in 1861, their ancestral homeland. Adair [referred to as 'Black Jack'], uproots them all. Some die on the roads, others in the workhouse. 143 of the younger Derryveagh victims were given assisted passage to Australia. Funds were collected for all in Donegal who would like to start a new life in Australia, paying their passage and purchasing a plot of land for them.
A review by Paul J. McGeady of the book "Land War and Evictions in Derryveagh" by Liam Dolan about the Derryveagh evictions is well worth a read to get a feeling for how horrifying & tragic this incident was.
According to Dolan, after John Adair died of natural causes in 1885 his wife had the face of a large rock inscribed with his name and the inscription "Brave, Just and Generous". One night, during a raging thunderstorm, a bolt of lightning struck the rock and sent it crashing in bits to the bottom of the lake.
|Spring growth, Glenveagh Estate, Co. Donegal|
Eugene & Ann O'Donnell were very kind, warm people making us feel very welcome. There was a small cozy lounge for guests, with a comfy couch where I was able to spend a quiet few hours relaxing & making use of their free WiFi to catch up on my social media obligations. J
|White Park B&B, Letterkenny, Co. Donegal|