Ballyshannon, from the Irish meaning “the mouth of Seannach’s ford”, is a town in the south of County Donegal.
Incorporated in 1613, it is the oldest town in Ireland.
Archaeological sites dating as far back as the Neolithic period (4000 BC – 2500 BC) have been excavated in Ballyshannon.
During World War II, the British and Irish governments quietly reached an agreement to create an air corridor between nearby Belleek and Ballyshannon.
The “Donegal Corridor” was used by British Royal Air Force flights from Northern Ireland into the Atlantic Ocean.
This was used by the aircraft which located the German battleship Bismarck.
The Rory Gallagher International Tribute Festival takes place in Ballyshannon on June Bank Holiday weekend. His statue is seen above.
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