Londonderry and Donegal

Name of walk Londonderry and Donegal
Date of walk 2013-07-28

Today we headed for Londonderry/Derry……

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My parents used to live in Londonderry when they were first married. We took a walk around the city walls (1613)

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Seen from the city walls on the side of a building.

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St Columb's Cathedral dedicated to St. Columba.....also the name of the church on Walney and Tom's old Primary School. This one is Anglican.

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Looking out over Bogside.

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Bogside. We went through it in the car later.

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St. Eugene's Cathedral.

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More gable end "art" from the Bogside Artists.

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Finally....something to raise a smile!

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A Demon Barber?

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The Guildhall. A major restoration has just been completed. Londonderry is the 2013 European City of Culture. The building is quite impressive. It also looks to me like a church!

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Stained glass...... just like a church.

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Are you guys really sure this is not a church?

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St. Columba in stained glass....in the ch.....Guildhall.

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Pretty impressive.

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The Peace Bridge.

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After Londonderry we head for Malin Head. It is rather strange that the northern most point in Ireland is not found in Northern Ireland but in Donegal, 'southern' Ireland.

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Views from Malin Head.

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The white stones on the headland spell EIRE and were used in the second world war to show planes they were flying over neutral Ireland.

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The rusty stuff under the cross is a large pile of money.

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Looking back to the disused wartime communications tower.

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Next major stop was St. Patrick's Purgatory at Lough Derg, an ancient pilgrimage site dating from the 5th century.

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Peaceful Lough Derg.

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The boat that takes pilgrims to Station Island.

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Every year the main pilgrimage season begins in late May/early June and ends mid-August, on the 15th, the feast of the Assumption of Mary. It is a three-day pilgrimage open to pilgrims of all religions, or none, who must be at least fifteen years of age, in good health and able to walk and kneel unaided. Pilgrims, who should begin fasting at the previous midnight, assemble at the Visitor Centre on the shore of Lough Derg early in the day. From there a boat ferries them on the brief trip out to Station Island. Once on the island they are assigned a dormitory room, and barefoot they begin a specified and almost continuous cycle of prayer and liturgies. Pilgrims spend the first night in the island's basilica in prayer, and only on the second night can they finally sleep in the dormitory. Each day on the island the pilgrims have one simple meal of dry toast, oatcakes and black tea or coffee. On the third morning they are ferried back to the mainland, where they will continue their fast until midnight. They get about 30,000 pilgrims a year from all over the world. Three days with no chocolate, that's not purgatory, that's hell! It's mighty pretty though!

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St. Patrick with Station Island behind.

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We got a B&B in Bundoran. We went for an evening walk and saw this painted on the side of a wall.......Bundoran love their murals, they are everywhere on the main street.

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From the beach at Bundoran..

Next stop Connemara and Galway….

Jo.

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