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I first came to this pretty Donegal village in the early sixties. My in-laws had a summer house here and I have loved it ever since.
Fahan (Irish: Fathain, meaning “little green/field”) (pronounced fawn) is a district of Inishowen, in County Donegal, Ireland, located five kilometres south of Buncrana. In Irish, Fahan is named after its patron saint, St. Mura, first abbot and patron saint of Fahan, an early Christian monastery.
The walled graveyard, located to the west of The Rectory, contains the grave of pioneering nurse Agnes Jones, the ruins of a 6th-century monastery featuring a 7th-century cross-slab of St. Mura, the ruins of 16th-century monastery and 17th-century church together with many interesting grave slabs bearing coats of arms.The monastery and village was sacked by Vikings in the 10th and 13th centuries,. Medieval mill wheels are built into both the graveyard wall and the wall on the opposite side of the road. Cecil Frances Alexander lived in the Old Rectory in the late 19th century.
“All Things Bright and Beautiful”, “There is a Green Hill Far Away” and the Christmas carol “Once in Royal David’s City”, known by Christians the world over were written by Cecil Francis Alexander. Her contemporary, Agnes Jones, trained with Florence Nightingale and nursed in the Crimean War. The church to the north of The Rectory contains an early 20th-century stained-glass window by Evie Hone which depicts St. Elizabeth of Hungary. The above view is taken from Inch Island.
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  • Poete100
    Poete10011 months ago

    It is beautiful there Joyce…from what I can see…no wonder you’ve love it since…!!!

  • Thanks Lorraine………………I have loads of little places that I love……………………isn’t it great……………………………love Joyce……………………x

    – Fara

  • Colin Metcalf
    Colin Metcalf11 months ago

    Nice capture Joyce and fascinating write up.

  • I think a bit of history goes a long way………………..how about that for an Irish statement……………………glad you enjoyed the image…………………………………x

    – Fara

  • Tom Gomez
    Tom Gomez11 months ago

    Looks a lovely place Joyce, love the history …

  • This place is just a twenty minute drive from my front door so it is very accessible………………………thank you Tom………………….x

    – Fara

  • Ellanita
    Ellanita11 months ago

    Great info and image my friend…..x

  • Thanks a million Ellanita……………………………x

    – Fara

  • © Hany G. Jadaa © Prince John Photography
    © Hany G. Jada...11 months ago

    Dear Joyce; this is a fine capture of what it seems to be a very nice place…………. on a first quick glance it reminds me a lot of St. John’s in Newfoundland………….. the way the houses are arranged and their colours in the overall image……….. looks very similar in many ways……….. I bet it is very beautiful in the autumn with all the colours of the tress in the background……………. do you have any close-up images of the village or the walled graveyard?……………. what about the Rectory or the ruins of the monastery or the church?……….. I bet they would be very interesting as well…………….. nice image Joyce…………. you just keep them coming my friend………………. from your “having his second cup of coffee for the morning” friend……………. Hany

  • Hello again Hany…………………..it is a very pretty place in a lovely setting on Lough Swilly………………I do have photographs of the graveyard but I think when I took them I was unimpressed with the result………………….I may have to revisit them and maybe salvage something……………………….my ex husband had a rather lovely haunted house here but it was very spooky indeed so he sold it………………….the views were incredible…………………..I wish I had a nice cup of coffee at the moment or even someone to make it for me……………………..jet yourself across the Atlantic with your coffee pot please………………………from your ‘in need of some TLC’ friend…………………Joyce………………..I forgot to say thanks a million as always……………………………………x

    – Fara

  • Marie Sharp
    Marie Sharp11 months ago

  • Thank you so much Marie……………………………….Joyce

    – Fara

  • paintingsheep
    paintingsheep11 months ago

    Thank you for adding this lovely work to IWP! Gena

  • Many thanks Gena for accepting my work…………………………x

    – Fara

  • cieloverde
    cieloverde11 months ago

    Great and lovely imagen……..Fara !

  • Thank you so much Liliana………………………….Joyce

    – Fara

  • Shulie1
    Shulie111 months ago

    How beautiful, Joyce – and a wonderful history. I love wandering around old cemeteries. Of course, ours are not so old as yours, but lots of great finds nevertheless.

  • This is a very interesting little village with beautiful views and is the gateway to the Inishowen Peninsula, a very picturesque part of Donegal…………………………..thanks Stephanie………………………………x

    – Fara

  • LeRoyM
    LeRoyM11 months ago

    great picture!

  • Many thanks…………………………Joyce

    – Fara

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