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1843 Ordance Survey

John O'Donovan, the distinguished Celtic scholar and historian, visited Clonmany in 1835 in connection with the Ordnance Survey which was taking place at that time and wrote the following in a letter concerning the parish from Buncrana on 23rd August of that year:-
"Clonmany is the most Irish parish I have yet visited the men only who go to markets or fairs speak a little English the women and children speak Irish only. This arises from their distance from villages or towns and from their being completely environed by mountains which form a gigantic barrier between them and the less civil inhabitants of the lower country.
I never heard Irish better spoken, nor experienced more natural civility and innocence than in that very secluded and wild parish".

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