For Inishowen Tourism, this visit to Rathmullan was identified as a cross promotional development in conjunction with The Swilly Ferry service operating from Buncrana Pier to Rathmullan Pier. A meeting took place with Mick McGlynn from the Rathmullan Community Group based in Rathmullan. He was very helpful, and a truly inspirational ambassador for the area.
A Taster Of Rathmullan, Donegal
Mick kindly introduced me to some of the attractions Rathmullan has to offer with a meet and greet with business owners that support the tourism aspect of visiting this popular seaside village. This was just a “taster” of “what to see and do” in Rathmullan, as I intend to go back and give a full overview of the tourism trail to follow, highlighting where to eat, shop, and visit.
Rathmullan is an ideal base from which to explore on foot with beaches and hillsides surrounding this historically important port. During our meeting we took the opportunity to visit the museum that is based in the An Bonnán Buí & Bistro. An exhibition of the Flight Of The Earls: 410 years: runs from April- December 2017.
Flight Of The Earls Museum, Rathmullan, Donegal
This exhibition allows the visitor to learn more about Donegal history and the event that marked the end of the Old Gaelic Order. The event known as the Flight Of The Earls took place at Rathmullan in the year 1607. The exhibition is a lively, informative and interesting display of the life and times of the Earls and the aftermath of their flight. A variety of mediums is used including models, art works, and literature, display of artefacts, stained glass, fabric hangings and wax models of O’Neill and O’Donnell and their women folk in seventeenth century dress.
The period around 1600 was one of traumatic change in Irish people’s philosophy and general allegiance, apart completely from land ownership. Quotations from poets and writers illustrate the fact that its complexities are still with us today.
Flight Of The Earls 410th Anniversary, Rathmullan, Donegal
This weekend September 8th-10th 2017, celebrates Flight Of The Earls 410th Anniversary in Rathmullan. All visitors and local communities are encouraged to attend as this is an opportunity to enjoy a rich cultural experience in the heart of Rathmullan. It follows the trail of the Earls through mainland Europe 10 years after they departed Rathmullan’s shores.
The vibrant weekend kicks off with a welcome address by the Historical Society Chairperson in the Beachcomber Bar on Friday 8th of September at 5pm followed by an Italian night hosted by the Taproom at Rathmullan House. There is music starting from 5pm in the White Hart, and 9pm in Big Paddy’s & the Beachcomber Bar. On Saturday 9th of September, the theme of music from 12noon continues with Trad Ceoil ,Rhona Mc Loughlin & musicians in An Bonnán Buí. Tapas Al-fresco will be served during the session. A Guided Heritage Walk around Rathmullan with Deirdre Friel leaves at 3pm from the putting green hut; admission €5. Trad Music plays from 3-4pm in Belles Kitchen, and from 5pm in the White Hart; an open invite to all musicians is welcomed. Round off the evening of music in the Beachcomber Bar at 10pm as the evening falls on the beautiful shores of Rathmullan. Sunday 10th of September revisits the tour of Rathmullan if you couldn’t make it yesterday at 11am. A Earl’s 10 years talk from Eilis & Terri Kelly takes place in RDRC at 1pm, and musicians gather again at the White Hart for the Trad Ceoil session from 3-7pm. Finally the celebrations close with the Flight Of The Earls dance in Ray Community Centre with the great Earl Tea Party at 9.30pm admission is €8.
Join us on the tourism trail this autumn season. Starting in Rathmullan, cross the ferry and explore Inishowen, it’s all going to be an exciting journey for readers as tourism development identifies new experiences whether it be a new dish to try, a traybake to die for, a must see hidden gem or where to stay to suit your budget. Here’s a little tip, while waiting for the ferry at Rathmullan or arriving from the Inishowen Peninsula; call into the mobile “Country Coffee Shot”, say hello to Caryl or Doreen and ask for their specialty to compliment your tea or coffee. They have delicious tray bakes, she handed me an apple square, just the ticket that melts in your mouth and oozing with apple delight. What a way to start the day, or keep that driver happy…a tried and trusted way to keep the gremlins away!!!