Photographer's Note

I took this shot on a quiet bank holiday weekend while visiting with my wifes family in Donegal to attend a wedding. Killybegs may seem quaint and small, but there is a lot more to this busy little fishing village than meets the eye. It has an amazing history for such a small place. Evidence of people living in the area as far back as 3000 years ago remains in at least three Duns (ringforts on hilltops),2 cashels, and the amazing Kilclooney dolmen (freestanding wedge tomb) nearby.They are a fraction of the structures that once stood by the bay and sea but have been carried off by farmers, builders, and the elements since. Killybegs gets its name from the ancient Irish Na Cealla Beaga meaning - "the little cells". The story is told that during the 4th Century, monks travelling along the west coast of Eire in a little boat were caught up in a bad storm and so they prayed to St. Catherine of Alexandria (the patron saint of seafarers) that if they should reach land safely they would erect a holy well upon that place in her honour. This they did. It is thought they were the first permanent settlers on the site of what is now Killybegs. So, in the 4th Century they built their monastic cells(small rooms) there thus the Gaelic name Na Cealla Beaga (Killybegs)came to be. The little cells are long gone- the stones pilfered over the centuries to build homes,roads,and walls.What remains of their foundations is now believed to be the little buildings found at the site of the new fishing pier. The ancient holy well of St. Catherine is still there today in the village, as is the church on the hill dedicated to her -the patron and protector of a seafaring people who live beside it.

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