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Ireland  August 2005

 

Inishowen Peninsula - Foyleside and Malin

Inishowen - Moville & Redcastle

 

Antrim Coast

 

Donegal - Magheraroaty &Tory Island

 

Bundoran - the road home

 

 

 

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Magheraroaty Pier

 

 

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Magheraroaty Pier has one of the two passenger ferries for Tory Island in summer. There is no regular vehicle service.

 

Fares are adjusted to help accessibility for locals.

 

The ferry, crowded with youngsters.

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Filming by the pier, very, very slowly!

 

This part of Ireland still uses Gaelic as a first language

 

The area has brilliant beaches, but this one is backed by a boulder defence.

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The ferry on its way to the island is dwarfed by the giant swell, even on a bright August day

 

Tory Island, 12 km distant.

 

Tory Island with part of Inishbofin in the foreground.

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Settlement in this area is well dispersed.  The almost universal new housing is remarkable.

 

The harbour is basic, but brand new - there is major EC investment in infrastructure all across Donegal

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Dunes without tourists. 

 

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Lower Town Magheraroaty

 

 

 

 

Turf (peat) is still widely dug for fuel.  The sods are cut by machine and dried in small heaps.

 

Heather grows well on the peat cutting moors.

 

After drying the turfs are piled into more weatherproof stores to await the lorry.

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The Poisoned Glen

 

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A new ferry has operated Rathmullen-Buncrana for two summers.  More EC infrastructure investment.

 

The Irish loughs are just a wild and much less exploited than their Scottish equivalent. This should change as access improves.

 

Buncrana ferry slipway. The waves this side of the lough were greater as it was more open to the sea and the day's NW wind.

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