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Ballyshannon is a town in southern County Donegal and birthplace of world renowned blues' guitarist, Rory Gallagher. It is situated on Ireland's second longest river, Erne. It attracts many tourists because of its location close to Bundoran.

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A bypass road has been built to take traffic congestion from its centre. It is on the main Sligo to Donegal Town road (N15), with another road, the N3 to Enniskillen, in County Fermanagh, Northern Ireland.

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  • Cathleen's Falls.
  • Assaroe Falls.
  • The Ballyshannon sheep worriers.
  • 1 Four Masters Bridge is an attractive three-arch stone bridge built circa 1780; it crosses the River Clowes which is the boundary with County Leitrim. The Four Masters were scholars who in 1632-36 compiled the "Annals" which are one of the main primary sources for early Irish history. At least one of them was a Franciscan friar from Donegal Abbey, which was blown to smithereens in 1601 so its friars had a base somewhere near this bridge; so it's thought the Annals were written hereabouts.


  • Ballyshannon Folk and Traditional Music Festival.
  • Rory Gallagher Festival.
  • Ballyshannon Bull Milking Competition. Sponsored by the National Cattle Breeding Centre.





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