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"Everyone loves this..." - by Jonny Hogg
Whole family - who know Donegal very well - love this book. It gives amazing insight across the spectrum and is very much focused on people and the lives they led, rather than simply Donegal's natural beauty. Well captioned and fascinating. Totally recommended!

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"The ultimate book for lovers of Donegal" - by I Rowell
After receiving the book I flicked through and was delighted by the content. Now having read in more detail I am convinced that this book must be the definitive book on the county of Donegal, full of answers for all the questions you are likely to ask and written in an easy and enjoyable format. The photographs are worth the cover price alone. Well done the contributors and the editors, this book is fabulous.

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"Beautiful" - by G. Kennedy (Ireland)
This is a truly beautiful collection of stories from Donegal. If you're from the area or have ever visited Donegal then you may have heard one or some of these tales before and here the author has a beautifully theatrical way of telling all the tales. I have bought copies for friends and family who live abroad so that they may share these special Irish stories from Donegal with their friends and family.

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"An excellent overview of Donegal - everything is there" - by Kainantu
An excellent overview of Donegal - everything is there. Easy to carry with you as a reminder when travelling around.

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"Give yourself a treat." - by Clody
To grow up in a home where you do not feel cherished must be one of the most difficult starts in life. Writing about it must be equally painful.

I am very happy that John Sexton chose to do so.

We have here a memoir that is funny, poignant and more than a little sad.
The author has succeeded in capturing an era (Donegal of the sixties and seventies) and bringing it alive for us. We can practically smell the turf fires burning.

"A delightful clarity" - by Deep Reader
Monica Connell describes her return to Donegal with a delightful clarity reminiscent of the nature writings of Kathleen Jamie; high praise. Currents of affection and family history run strong, unmissable, beneath the surface of cool observational detachment. There is no hint of the superior, but every evidence of an anthropologist (as she is) reporting from the inside. The result is fascinating not only for its content and rather brilliant storytelling but also for its style. This book has no bounds, its messages about urban-rural divides and the bleakness of the margins that exists beside human warmth and tradition are international. Its characters are universal.

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"Erin Go Bragh" - by R. MCGINLEY
Having traced my families roots back to Donegal I was delighted to read about so many McGinley's having an active part in kicking the British out of Irealnd (or at least part of it).
Although my family left more than a hundred years before the Easter uprising, I am proud to have ties with the freedom fighters even though I'm a Brit myself.

An interesting read with a good selection of photos. Recommended for anyone with an interest in Donegal, it's people and their passion for justice & freedom.

Clann Fionnghaileach Abú!

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"Gallen ancestry" - by Aoife q
Loved this book, my Father was from this area and I spent a lot of time in the area as a child so it was very poignant. Really enjoyed it and have recommended it to others. Lovely having more details of my Gallen ancestry, wish my Dad had lived to read this x

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"Great book" - by Irishmann
I can't speak highly enough of this book. I have completed most of the 27 walks and found the book to be very accurate and informative. I would recommend Walk No.9 to anyone buying the book, as I would rate it as one of the nicest hikes that I have completed this year. I have also bought another book "The Mourne and Cooley mountains" by the same author and I can describe it as being equally as good. If you are like me, wanting to study proposed routes before setting off, then these are the right books to have.

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"Highly recommended" - by maryrose
Absolutely fascinating read, totally engrossed. Love the introduction which helps the reader understand the background. highly recommended

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"Local Perspective of a National Issue" - by Cúlbaire (Ireland)
An excellent and informative publication that allows the reader get a good perspective of how National Issues were impacting on local communities in rural Ireland during this period. Gives a good understanding of how life was in the country at that time and how the events of this period formed the present political institutions of contemporary Ireland.

"I enjoyed reading this book as I grew up on a ..." - by Mr. Richard Cooke (Donegal Ireland)
I enjoyed reading this book as I grew up on a neighbouring farm from the author and know him well.

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"Five Stars" - by jebonyr
Xactly as requested. Thnx

"Heartbreaking" - by Lincs Reader (Lincolnshire, England)
The Donegal Woman is possibly one of the most heart-breaking stories that I have read. Although a novel, it is based on the story of John Throne's grandmother Margaret who was hired out by her penniless parents when she was only 12. Margaret was treated worse than any animal and slept in the barn with only pigs and cats for company - she wasnt spoken to by the farmers - but she was raped and became pregnant. She was then sold on to another man as his wife - again she was treated no better than a slave - her husband never actually spoke to her, just grunted.

The style of writing is quite mesmirising in parts - the main characters of Margaret and her husband Campbell never speak to each other, so the story is told through their thoughts. Both ot them are anguished characters, beaten ... full review

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"Five Stars" - by Amazon Customer
Very interesting and fond memories of dungloe as i wentto school in dungloe thank you