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Welcome to the parish of Clonmany, situated in north east Inishowen , the most northerly peninsula in both County Donegal and Ireland. The parish consists of two villages, Clonmany (known as the Cross to locals) and Ballyliffin, and is surrounded by a treasure trove of outstanding natural beauty, historic landmarks, intriguing characters and genuine traditional Irish pubs, its gentle atmosphere is a haven of relaxation and enjoyment. This cosy, vibrant area was once described as ‘the most Irish parish’ and when savoured in all its glory it is the epitome of Irish culture and landscape. This site aims to provide information for locals, emigrants, tourists and anybody who has an interest in Irish Heritage and Genealogy.

Ample beaches, including Binnon bay, Tullagh bay, Leenan bay, and Pollan bay are all seated in spectacular backdrops. Ideal for energetic swimming and beach sports these unspoilt beaches also provide the perfect setting for scenic walks.

The famous Mamore Gap in the Urris Hills takes the traveller on a long, winding path to spectacular panoramic views of both the Inishowen peninsula and the neighbouring Fanad peninsula as does the little known Glenevin waterfall. Rambling hills, ravaged sea cliffs, scenic loughs and numerous fishing rivers cater for those who enjoy the great outdoors.porno


The historian need look no further as Clonmany is home to a vast number of historic sites and buildings. The jewel of Clonmany, " The Market House", is to be found in the centre of the village. This important building was once the central meeting point for buying and selling goods in the community. Just outside Clonmany, the ruins of Leenan Fort document the days of yore. This fort was closed in 1946, eight years after it was handed back to Ireland from the British. The Isle of Doagh holds Carrickabraghey Castle and the old Straid Church is to be found just two miles outside the village. A trip to Doagh Farm provides the visitor with accounts of the past in an active form (including 'The Famine' and Evictions) with sketches performed by locals.porno


Golfing plays a large role in the list of leisure activities. The Ballyliffin Golf Club hosts two eighteen hole links courses and is often frequented by the rich and famous, including the world renowned golfer Nick Faldo. The nine hole pitch and putt situated beside pollan bay is also a very popular spot for the less serious golfer. And to round of a good game of golf , why not wind down in one of the 13 pubs dotted around the parish, 8 in Clonmany village, 2 in Ballyliffin village. With many of the pubs serving bar food, you can literally have your cake and eat it.porno

Much of Clonmanys attraction is concentrated on its three annual festivals. Clonmany Festival, now in its 32nd year targets the young and the old with its fun filled week long events.

 The McGlinchey Summer School examines and celebrates the history of the North West and The Inishowen Singing Circle is an intensive weekend of real traditional music and seminars. All three events arouse great local spirit and are visited by people from all corners of the globe, returning emigrants and tourists alike.

 

For the tourist and the returning emigrants, two hotels, countless bed and breakfasts, and a hostel situated close to the village of Clonmany, ensures a serene nights sleep to round of an exhilirating day exploring the local culture and landscapes. A warm welcome is guaranteed to everyone, be they a native or a guest, and remember no-one stays a stranger here for too long!!!!!

Any ideas, suggestions, general feedback would be highly appreciated.

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