55. Moving on from Achill Island to Knock Airport, Letterkenny, Ramelton and onto Rathmullan, Co. Donegal
SCENES from IRELAND
Knock Airport - to collect the 'children' flying in from London
The chapel at Knock Airport where the internet cafe also functions as an art gallery!
Ireland West Airport Knock (in Irish it is Aerfort Iarthar Éireann)
is an airport located afew miles south-west of Charlestown, County Mayo,
Ireland. The airport was formerly known as Knock International Airport,
Connacht Regional Airport, and Horan International Airport. Connaught
Aero Club and Shoreline Aviation are based at the airport which
was officially opened on 30 May 1986 The opening of Knock Airport
followed a long campaign by Monsignor James Horan and Knock airport was
intended to bring employment to an impoverished corner of Ireland, as
well as allow pilgrims to visit the nearby Roman Catholic Knock Shrine
which commemorates an apparition of the Virgin Mary in 1879.
Thank you Ryanair for delivering two of our guests before heading off to Donegal to continue the holiday.
A brief stop in LETTERKENNY, Co. Donegal.
Letterkenny is a busy bustling little town especially in and around the main street.
In the centre of Letterkenny is a sculpture called 'The Hirings?' reflecting that this was the place were ...
The grand 19th century St Eunan's Cathedral
There are a few fine buildings such as that of the AIB Bank ...
... and Letterkenny in County Donegal is quite upmarket these days with lots of new cafes and places to eat out e.g. Sienna Cafe Wine Bar Deli, Gallagher Hotel and Cafe Blend. Overall a very pleasant busy little town.lots of 'upmarket' cafes and the modern theatre (below right).
There is also the Donegal Museum - a quick visit before heading north up the Fanad Peninsula calling in at Ramelton.
Another brief visit - this time the little town of RAMELTON
Ramelton lies on the banks of the salmon rich River Leannan.
A pretty row of coloured painted Georgian houses and shops on the main street.
A bit run down, but the riverside looks great for develoment and would make an attractive tourist area.
The old warehouses on the quayside - long since finished their business.
The River bank cafe is in a nice situation on the quayside and the Bridge Bar near the road bridge over the River Leannan.
We then head north again alongside Lough Swilly for our final destination Rathmullan where we stayed for a week.
heading for Rathmullan as Lough Swilly comes into sight ...
where we were more than ready for a good bar meal looking out over Lough Swilly on a fine summer evening.
Ready to explore Rathmullan next day.
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