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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