In Ballyshannon, which boasts the honor of being “the oldest town” in Ireland, I met Shane Toolan... Chair of the local museum, Gaelic and rugby referee, former rugby player, local celebrity, and all around good guy... And Shane showed me (and showed off) Ballyshannon...
Standing on the oldest bridge in Ireland.
Because Ballyshannon has such an incredible history, the town also has deep ancestral roots... from Sarah, Duchess of York, to Bram Stoker to...
Rory Gallagher! Rory was born in Ballyshannon, and the town hosts the Rory Gallagher Festival each year (May 30-June 2, 2019)—attracting more than 10,000 visitors for the music festival, which honors the world’s greatest guitarist. Don’t believe me that Rory is the world’s greatest? I’m merely quoting Jimi Hendrix! rorygallagherfestival.com
Then Shane introduced me to Kevin Gallagher, secretary of the museum...
And then this happened!
I fell in love with this beautiful, and historic seaside town. You will too! Don’t forget to rub the Leprechaun Stone for good fortune, and be sure to say hello to Shane and Kevin for me.
WHEN YOU GO: facebook.com/ballyshannonmuseum rorygallagherfestival.com #loveireland #wildatlanticway #bestofireland #conciergeq