The Wild and Wonderful County Donegal, Ireland

Christy Jackson Nicholas, Author and Artist


I am unapologetically stealing the motto from West Virginia to describe County Donegal in Ireland. Yes, they have their own motto, which is “Up here, it’s different.”  This motto applies just as well, but it doesn’t convey the sheer lonely and stark beauty of the place, in my opinion.

I fell in love with Donegal the first time I visited, in 2011. It’s tracts of forsaken beauty and pockets of friendly, charming villages spoke to me of all that I had imagined Ireland to be. I’d already been to Ireland several times before this – it was my fourth trip, after all. And there are parts of Ireland that are teeming with culture, people, and industry. There are other parts that are well-touristed and full of amenities for droves of said tourists. There are also parts that are lonely and beautiful, just like Donegal… but this is a whole County…

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I am an artist, accountant and author living in western New York, transplanted from Denmark, Michigan, Florida, West Virginia, Pennsylvania (in that order!) I love the beauty of the world and sharing it with others through jewelry, photography, digital painting and writing.

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