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Letterkenny Accommodation - Ramelton - Heritage Town


Ramelton is an elegant Georgian town in County Donegal -  a county that is better known for its natural attractions. The town was built by Sir William Stewart who is also credited with the establishment of a town in Letterkenny. He was granted some 1,000 acres around the area where the River Lennon flows into Lough Swilly, and built the town, between the years 1609 and 1622, where previously an O’Donnell castle had stood, a castle judged to be "the meetest and most commodious in the area".

Ramelton’s ‘golden era’ was undoubtedly the 18th and early 19th centuries, the Georgian era which gave it its most beautiful and distinctive buildings. This was a very affluent time for some of the leading families of the town, such as the Watts and the Stewarts, and  sail ships regularly traded between Ramelton, New York and Kingstown, Jamaica. Flax was grown locally for the then thriving linen industry. This industry was centered on the Tanyard, a structure and site which can still be seen near the bridge at the west end of the Mall.

The many buildings worth further investigation include the Georgian ‘House on the Brae’ on Bridge Street, the terrace of houses on the Mall, St. Paul’s Church of Ireland, and some individual houses and groups of houses which are described in Mary Haggan’s guide to the town. The group of warehouses and industrial buildings, along the quay to the east of the town are also worth a visit.

The Old Meeting House located on Back Lane is one of the oldest Presbyterian Churches in Ireland. One of Ramelton's famous sons was Francis Makemie who was the founder of the American Presbyterian Church.

The town of Ramelton also boasts auspicious sporting connections being the birthplace of Dave Gallaher, captain of the first All Blacks, New Zealand Rugby Union team and Patsy Gallagher, a legend of Glasgow Celtic football club.

Ramelton was designated a Heritage Town in recent years because of its Georgian architecture and the beautiful Georgian Mall that stretches along the River Lennon.

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