This is officially the oldest pub in Ireland and in fact the world, according to the Guinness Book of World Records.
Although most of the evidence found during excavations is now housed at the National Museum of Ireland, some of the self-minted coins from the original establishment can be seen in cases on the walls of the pub.
The analysis represents the first comprehensive study of a skeletal population from medieval Gaelic Ireland and provides detailed insights concerning the hitherto largely invisible lower class of Gaelic society.
There are many architectural gems located in and around the town including the Masonic Hall (1900), The Second Raphoe Presbyterian Church (1860), and indeed the Diamond itself is bordered by many fine Georgian Houses particularly on the west side.The town has had huge religious significance for Donegal over the centuries, giving its name to the Roman Catholic and Church of Ireland dioceses for most of Donegal.The Royal and Prior School (1737), is still a busy educational establishment, upholding the Protestant ethos of the area.In 2003, the skeletal remains of some 1,300 individuals – men, women and children – were uncovered from Ballyhanna, near Ballyshannon in Co. Radiocarbon dating indicates that the cemetery was in use for a prolonged period of time from the 7th to the 17th century.Single Irish women & Irish girls seeking men for a relationship, friendship and marriage. Join our Free Dating site and and start relationship and friendship with women from Ireland today.
Raphoe is one of the five heritage towns in Donegal.
This castle is one of the most significant castles in the county and has suffered numerous attacks throughout the ages, from Cromwell in 1650 to the United Irishmen in 1798.
Despite its many battles and sieges, Raphoe still remains prosperous today as a market town.
It is also known by its Irish name Ráth Bhoth which means ‘Ringfort of the Huts’. Raphoe is situated in the rich and fertile land of Laggan Valley near the Deele River.
The name is believed to have come from the huts that were built on the monastic settlement by St. The town of Raphoe is a typical 17th Century plantation town, the old market place centre which is called ‘The Diamond’.
Lough Eske Castle, a five-star castle hotel located on a secluded lakeside estate just outside Donegal Town, has a rich history dating back to the 1400s.