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Falcarragh, Ireland

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paulkernan paulkern…
56 reviews
Feb 11, 2008
The town of Falcarragh has as many faces as it has names! On some maps it shows up as 'Crossroads' deriving from its Irish language name Na Croisbhealaí but older maps refer to it as Robinson's Town, but its now listed as An Fál Carrach in Gaelic meaning the long or rough hedge. A town of around 1,500 souls it lies between the barren beauty of the Derryveagh mountains and the north atlantic ocean. It follows that classic 'design' of many Irish rural towns, one long 'main' street with a scattering of shops, pubs and a Garda (police) station. Once a thriving market town, Falcarragh used to draw people from a twenty mile radius on the Friday Market day. Now with so many cars and (a little more) money people often shop in Letterkenny and even Derry. Still the town sports some fine shop fronts, a particularly warm welcome in the Shamrock pub, and a visitor's centre housed in the old Police Barracks (An tSean Bheairic in Irish). The changes in tourism patterns mean there are fewer B&B customers, more holiday home owners and more people taking shorter breaks, all have impacted negatively on the town. It does boast a rich cultural heritage, both Gaelic and English-speaking. The town enjoys wonderful seascapes out to Tory Island and the ocean. The beach (the back strand - as its known) is a two mile strip of white-golden sand overlooking Horn Head's sea cliffs to the east and Tory, Inis Bo Finne, Inis Dooey and Inis beg. A great 'jumping off' point for walks along the coast or in the hills, the town is well worth a visit. see www.falcarraghvisitorcentre.com and www.falcarraghfestival.com
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