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Donaghadee.

Donaghadee.
Donaghadee ( from the Irish: Domhnach Daoi, meaning "Daoi’s Church" ) is a much photographed small town with a population of 6,470 [ 2001 Census ]. Visitors more interested in the town's temporal pleasures than its aesthetic appeal, may quench their thirst at Grace Neill's - the oldest public house in Ireland, which opened in 1611 as the ’ King’s Arms ’. The town boasts a long seagoing history, therefore it is not surprising that it still maintains a special relationship with the sea, proving very popular with water enthusiasts, anglers and those who simply like to be beside the seaside.

Donaghadee lifeboat station, opened in 1910, is one of the most important on the Irish coast. On 31 January 1953, the Donaghadee based lifeboat Sir Samuel Kelly rescued 32 survivors in the Irish Sea from the stricken Stranraer-Larne car ferry, M.V. Princess Victoria.

My picture was taken from the Harbour wall, in whose shelter the current R.N.L.I. lifeboat is anchored, ready for another call to rescue folk in trouble on the Irish Sea.

The Tower of Donaghadee Parish Church features prominently in my photograph. It is thought there has been a place of worship in Donaghadee since the 5th. Century. It has even been claimed that St Patrick himself landed near here from Scotland. There has been a Church on this site for many centuries, as part of the lower tower dates from the medieval period. However, the current Church is more recent, with an inscription revealing that ‘ This church was rebuilt by Hugh, Viscount Montgomery, AD 1626 ’. Montgomery had chosen Portpatrick and Donaghadee as the main trading route between Ulster and Scotland, building modern harbours and similar Churches in both ports to encourage settlers. He even tried to name Donaghadee ‘ Montgomery ’ and Portpatrick ‘ Port Montgomery ’ but the names didn’t catch on.

Though most of the Scots arriving in the town after 1606 would have been Presbyterian they would have initially worshipped at this Church, whose main body is cruciform and on the plan of a Greek cross.

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Blueman
Blueman
Thank you for this beautiful photography and for the historic...
4 years ago.
Peter
Peter
Beautiful and Very Historic Shhot !!!!!
Rgds !!!! Have A Great Day !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
4 years ago.
Dave Hilditch
Dave Hilditch
What a charming little place and that's some history too.
Thanks for posting, Geoff.
4 years ago.
beverleyplaya
beverleyplaya
SMILE it's JUST 4 FUN it's DUMP 'n RUN 4U
3 years ago.
Polyrus
Polyrus
A good image accompanied by great notes...

SMILE it's JUST 4 FUN it's DUMP 'n RUN 4U
3 years ago.
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╰☆☆June☆☆╮
Great capture, thank you for sharing with us at Historical & Architectural Gems
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3 years ago.