Fáilte go Béal Átha Seanaidh …. (Translated the name means The Mouth of Seanach’s Ford – after a 5th century warrior Seannach, who was slain in the area)
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Welcome to Ballyshannon ….
Ballyshannon, the oldest town in Ireland is steeped in history. Inis Saimer, the little island situated in the Erne Estuary is said to be the spot where the first inhabitants of Ireland landed. Parthalon, a chieftain from Scythia (near modern Macedonia) is said to have landed here around 2700 B.C.
Today Ballyshannon is a vibrant town – the gateway to County Donegal, which makes the town an ideal base from which to tour the county as well as the neighbouring counties of Sligo, Leitrim and Fermanagh.
Ballyshannon is rich in terms of drama, music, sport and business. Ballyshannon is twinned with Sene in Brittany, France since 1991. Ballyshannon is also twinned with Grenay, Pas de Calais, France since May, 2008.
Ballyshannon is the birthplace of the well-known poet William Allingham (1824-1889) and one of the world’s greatest Rock guitarists Rory Gallagher (born 2nd March 1948).
‘Adieu to Belashanny! where I was bred and born;
Go where I may, I'll think of you, as sure as night and morn. The kindly spot, the friendly town, where every one is known,
And not a face in all the place but partly seems my own;
There's not a house or window, there's not a field or hill,
But, east or west, in foreign lands, I recollect them still.
I leave my warm heart with you, tho' my back I'm forced to turn
Adieu to Belashanny, and the winding banks of Erne!’