It would appear that our ancient predecessors were copper miners.
We may have had a king, an early Christian saint and a resident monk. We had gallowglasses who were fearsome and religious, a witch who maliciously whipped up storms and mermaids who tried to lead mariners to safety.
For some reason, the giants of this area always seemed to be throwing stones. We had a fenceless cattle ranch with mad cows terrorising the local populous. We had a Bolshevik, Baha'i, Royal Navy Commander (work that one out!) and the quirky Family at Paradise Pier.
Quirkier still was the American diplomat, who suggested the construction of the WWII Eire Signs; he got most of his information by consulting the dead during séances.
There are these, and so many more stories can be found in this book, by Michael Cunningham. A resident of Dunkineely with a love of local history, landscape and nature.
All profits will go to local projects. Published by DCL, a local not-for-profit supporting the local area.
A History of Dunkineely, Bruckless, Killaghtee and St. John's Point
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