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There is archaeological evidence for settlements around the town dating to prehistoric times, including the remains of ringforts and other defensive earthworks.Saint Patrick was captured by raiders from the clans governed by Niall of the Nine Hostages, and this region is that to which Patrick returned, being familiar with the people, language, customs and lands.Donegal also has a long tradition of weaving carpets. We think it’s due a big year.” The Bus Éireann service number 64 Derry/Galway route: this makes several other stops including Letterkenny and Sligo (which allows for rail connections by Iarnród Éireann, from Sligo Mac Diarmada railway station in Sligo to Dublin Connolly railway station.Donegal Carpets have been made in Killybegs for over one hundred years and have been found in Áras an Uachtaráin, the University of Notre Dame and the White House. This route also allows for rail connections from Londonderry railway station to Belfast, via Coleraine.From the 1470s until the very early 17th century, Donegal was the 'capital' of Tyrconnell (Irish: ), a Gaelic kingdom controlled by the O'Donnell dynasty of the Northern Uí Néill.Donegal sits at the mouth of the River Eske and Donegal Bay, which is overshadowed by the Blue Stack Mountains ('the Croaghs'). The centre of the town, known as The Diamond, is a hub for music, poetic and cultural gatherings in the area.
Donegal Town itself is famous for being the former centre of government of the O'Donnell dynasty, the great Gaelic royal family who ruled Tír Chonaill in west Ulster for centuries and who played a pivotal rôle in Irish history.The current plan of the town was also laid out by Brooke, including an attractive town square known as The Diamond.From the late 17th until the early 20th centuries, Donegal Town formed part of the vast estates of the Gore family (from 1762 Earls of Arran in the Peerage of Ireland) and it was during their ownership that the town took on its present appearance.The town itself contains Donegal Castle, on the banks of the River Eske, and the remains of Donegal Abbey a Franciscan abbey which dates back to the 15th century on the Southern shore of the Bay.The Annals of the Four Masters may have been partially written in the old abbey in the 1630s.