Donegal, all I could have wished for.

So I’m back home in Cork, but it’s taking a little longer for my heart to make the journey!

Last Friday I traveled to northwest Donegal to the place of so many happy childhood memories. After twenty seven years I was curious to know if the fields and hills were as I’d remembered and to walk them once more with my brother, my childhood companion, my fellow adventurer.

With great excitement we set off. We were staying in a house in the nearest village to where we used to go, near the beach we played on and the pier we fished off. While Ireland is rarely blessed by great weather, Donegal usually gets the worst of it, but not last weekend. We were promised a heat wave, which in Ireland means roaring temperatures of 20C/68f, and we got it.

Day one we were itching to explore, getting up early and going for a walk along the beach and headland of Downings, a ten minute stroll away.

             Donegal is full of beautiful beaches with two for us to wander.
                        And standing on the pier so many memories returned.
Of course what is a beach if it doesn’t have a view? There’s no such beach in Donegal I can assure you.
                        We climbed from the beach over the headland.
                                            The child in us returning.
As we walked not only did we remember our own childhood, but that of our mum, as we stood where she and her friends used to gather on summer days to sunbathe and swim.
                                  And that was only day one, more magic to follow.

 

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17 thoughts on “Donegal, all I could have wished for.

    1. Thank you Sue. It was a wonderful weekend and to have my Mum and some of my family there to share it with was special. Well worth waiting 27 years for, although I’ve never really felt too far away.

    1. Yes, not much of a diving board now. We’ve great photos of mum here as a teenager and on the flat rocks in the sandy hills. As for the weather it couldn’t have been more perfect

  1. Yes, not much of a diving board now. We’ve great photos of mum here as a teenager and on the flat rocks in the sandy hills. As for the weather it couldn’t have been more perfect.

  2. i feel lucky to have walked these places while in your beautiful country. i’m so glad that it was as you remembered it as a child –

    1. It was exactly the same except the hill by our old house was considerably smaller than the enormous one I remembered as a small welly wearing child.

    1. It’s a really beautiful county and if you like beaches there are so many stunning ones to choose from. Downings even have a disabled beach buggy.

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