17th April 2017

Today was a pretty typical ‘Crompton’s Day Out’. We had 2 things on our list to see – the Grianan of Aileach and the Glenveagh National Park.

We had no idea where the Grianan of Aileach is located and it wasn’t listed in the sat nav, but thought we’d get some info at the castle in the national park, so we headed there first. Being Easter Monday, the car park was full and people were parking along both sides of the narrow road outside, which didn’t seem like the greatest idea, especially when you are in somebody else’s vehicle, so we thought we’d give that one a miss too.

What to do instead? Head back to Letterkenny and have a proper look around the town which we hadn’t yet done. Had a lovely drive through the countryside – which really is beautiful – and parked in town. Saw signs for the town Museum and Cultural Centre, so thought we’d head there first and then we’d know what we were looking at when we walked.  As it’s Bank Holiday, both were closed. Sigh!! The Crompton Curse strikes again – in spades!

We did get some pictures of the Market Square.

Market Sq Plaque


In Letterkenny, the hiring fairs, also known as Rabble Days, were held each April and November. At these fairs, adults and children, many from West Donegal, were hired out as manual labourers and servants, for periods of up to 6 months, to more wealthy farmers. This practise continued up to the 1950’s. The sculpture in the Market Square shown in the picture below is by Maurice Harron and is to remember the ‘Rabble Children’ .


Also a very nice sculpture celebrating the first Donegal personal to climb Everest:

Jason Black 1

And here’s Jason – a tiny figure nearing the top of the mountain…

Jason Black 2

The Chair is another work of public art which may be found on Market Square. Constructed from wood it is typically yellow in colour, with various etchings worked into the overall design. Following its first appearance in the summer of 2005 at the Fleadh Cheoil na hÉireann. Two more chairs, green and blue in colour, were mysteriously added in the months/years that followed. With the addition of these two structures the singular form of the piece’s title became redundant, and the piece may now be referred to, simply, as the Chairs.


The building opposite the Market Square which now houses the Bank of Ireland was built by the Hibernian Bank in 1874. The design is by Timothy Hevey and has been described as ‘local rogue architecture, aggressively ornate Gothic’.


Having had no internet since yesterday, we are at the golf club doing all our online stuff – now when has that happened before? Oh yes, many times in Spain!! Just like home then…



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