Best and worst things about living in Donegal

Bertie's Hat

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Good:
Friendly people and unique characters
Beautiful scenery - Carrick, Malin, Glenveigh etc
Relatively uncrowded in general
Tourist spots such as Slieve League not overrun yet
For those in the east, proximity to Derry for shops and services
Lower cost of living vs other parts of Ireland

Bad:
Poor road infrastructure
Lack of motorway to other parts of Ireland
Worrying stories from Letterkenny Hospital
Some dull border towns


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McSlaggart

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Good:
Friendly people and unique characters
Beautiful scenery - Carrick, Malin, Glenveigh etc
Relatively uncrowded in general
Tourist spots such as Slieve League not overrun yet
For those in the east, proximity to Derry for shops and services
Lower cost of living vs other parts of Ireland

Bad:
Poor road infrastructure
Lack of motorway to other parts of Ireland
Worrying stories from Letterkenny Hospital
Some dull border towns


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Letterkenny Hospital

From a Tyrone perspective was excellent.
 

midlander12

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Good:
Friendly people and unique characters
Beautiful scenery - Carrick, Malin, Glenveigh etc
Relatively uncrowded in general
Tourist spots such as Slieve League not overrun yet
For those in the east, proximity to Derry for shops and services
Lower cost of living vs other parts of Ireland

Bad:
Poor road infrastructure
Lack of motorway to other parts of Ireland
Worrying stories from Letterkenny Hospital
Some dull border towns


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I've been up both this summer and last around Gweedore and Inishowen and in between (all too briefly in each case). The roads weren't that bad, I thought, considering the topography and the level of tourist traffic. The weather is a bit of a problem - we were constantly dodging downpours on both occasions. Otherwise fabulous!
 

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Mica - caveat emptor.
 

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I've never been to Donegal, it would bring back too many painful memories of Daniel and Margo.
 

gatsbygirl20

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Glenveigh.....Marble Hill beach....Killahooey beach....The Ards Forest....the beautiful walks and climbs at the Ards Friary.....The Poison Glen....Dunlewy....The drive around Horn Head.....the Mill restaurant outside Dunfanaghy.....

The warm, lovely people.....the surfing...the miles of empty white-sand beaches...Errigal.
 

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I've been up both this summer and last around Gweedore and Inishowen and in between (all too briefly in each case). The roads weren't that bad, I thought, considering the topography and the level of tourist traffic. The weather is a bit of a problem - we were constantly dodging downpours on both occasions. Otherwise fabulous!
How did I forget the weather!?! I always noticed the improvement as a child going "down the country"

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Glenveigh.....Marble Hill beach....Killahooey beach....The Ards Forest....the beautiful walks and climbs at the Ards Friary.....The Poison Glen....Dunlewy....The drive around Horn Head.....the Mill restaurant outside Dunfanaghy.....

The warm, lovely people.....the surfing...the miles of empty white-sand beaches...Errigal.
All great spots. Nice memories of the Poison Glen and Ionad Cois Locha :)

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All great spots. Nice memories of the Poison Glen and Ionad Cois Locha :)

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It is stunningly beautiful.

One of the most amazing drives of my life was at sunset on an August evening on the way from Glenveigh to Gortahork---past the Poison Glen, and on past the lakes, Errigal beside me, the little round tower of Dunlewy church ahead of me

The entire bogscape--as well as the flinty outline of Errigal, the lake and the valley--was on fire with the setting sun, all bathed in a strange golden light, with the horizon edged in black and crimson...

It was splendid beyond words
 
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You are very far away from rest of country and for that the rest of the country are thankful............
 

Sweet Darling

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Holiday up in Donegal three times loved the people and landscape. But all ages drive like
loopers.
 

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You are very far away from rest of country and for that the rest of the country are thankful............
Bahahahaha! That's just brilliant! couldn't have put it better!! I had to be there for 2 weeks, (work related)
By far the most painful accent ever..especially the women ..chainsaw territory :roll:
 

fergal1790

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Roads are very good for the numbers of cars using them, drivers and driving is possibly the worst in Europe.
 

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Whatever about the best, it certainly must be inconvenient to be the only county in the country to have no railway connection.
 

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Pros: Amazing scenery. Nice people.

Cons: Too many holiday homes detract from the landscapes. Annoying accent.
 

fergal1790

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Whatever about the best, it certainly must be inconvenient to be the only county in the country to have no railway connection.
A railway would be prohibitively expensive considering the very low numbers who "might" use it.
 

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Would be cheaper for Irish Rail to put them in a taxi
I don't think Cavan or Monaghan have rail lines either nor do Fermanagh or Tyrone.
5 of the 9 counties in Ulster don't have a rail line.
Yet all the counties of Connacht , Munster and Leinster do though IE look to be trying to jettison Wexford just now.
 

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Good:
Friendly people and unique characters
Beautiful scenery - Carrick, Malin, Glenveigh etc
Relatively uncrowded in general
Tourist spots such as Slieve League not overrun yet
For those in the east, proximity to Derry for shops and services
Lower cost of living vs other parts of Ireland

Bad:
Poor road infrastructure
Lack of motorway to other parts of Ireland
Worrying stories from Letterkenny Hospital
Some dull border towns


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Good.
Donegal is beautiful.
If you have a well instead of piped water, you have the cleanest water in Europe.
Handy for bus to Derry to get bus to Belfast and bus to Aldergrove airport.
The best beaches in the world.
A wonderful and varied history.

Bad.
Piped water is a chemical effluent disaster.
Letterkenny hospital is seriously underfunded as a deliberate policy.
No jobs unless you know the right person.
Cost of a site for a house is nuts.
Donegal needs direct fiber to house to compete due to local market conditions drawbacks.
Thousands of houses lying empty and not released to the market, with hundreds homeless. At least 1000 of those could afford a straight fee of €50,000 to buy a house and get them off NAMA balance sheets and leave council to concentrate on those who have no resources.
To much light pollution as every house has several 100 watt Led or 2000 watt halogen lights around each house. PIR's should be made mandatory for energy useage reduction and electricity bill lowering.
 


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