The Inishowen Traditional Music Project is based in the Inishowen Peninsula in North Donegal and in the Northern tip of Ireland. By land it borders Northern Ireland with Derry and by sea it reaches out to the Scottish Isles.
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Inishowen (Inis Eoghain) is literally the “Isle of Owen”, it’s name is taken from Owen or Eoghan (son of Niall of the Nine Hostages).
Inishowen is the largest peninsula in Ireland stretching approximately twenty-six miles in lenght and twenty-miles in breadth. In prehistoric times it is believed to have been a complete Island. Today Inishowen is bouned by the Atlantic, Lough Foyle and Lough Swilly.
For those interested in Inishowen’s archaeological sites, it is worth noting that “many of the best relics of the early crosses are to be found in Inishowen” (Professor S.P. O’Riordan, MA).
The remains of strongholds and places of importance can be found at Grianan of Aileach, Burt, O’Doherty’s castles, in Inch, Burt and Buncrana, high Crosses of Cooley, near Moville, Carndonagh, Cloncha and Carrowmore near Culdaff. Megalithic sites are found throughout the Peninsula from Desertegney to Rooskey to the Stone Circle at Bocan and the Temple of Deen. There are also impressive medieval ruins at Greencastle and a wealth of fortifications from Napoleonic times to the Great Wars of the Twentieth Century. The largest consentration of rock art can be found on Dough Ireland.
For further information on historical sites visit www.inishowenheritage.ie
Inishowen is an undiscovered tourism gem. It’s an ideal for outdoor activites such as hill walking, cycling surfing kyaking….It’s also a noted distination for links golf with courses at Ballyliffen, Greencastle, Redcastle and Lisfannon.