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Rathmullan, Co. Donegal

Rathmullan is a small seaside village on the Fanad Peninsula in County Donegal, Ireland. It is situated on the western shore of Lough Swilly, 11 km north-east of Ramelton and 12 km east of Milford. Rathmullan was the scene of the Flight of the Earls in 1607.

There are also the ruins of a medieval Carmelite Friary in Rathmullan which was built by Eoghan Rua MacSweeney in 1516. The Friary was sacked by the English garrison from Sligo in 1595. In 1607, Rathmullan was also said to have seen the last of the Gaelic Order, most notably the Clan Ó Néill and the Clan Ó Domhnaill, during the Flight of the Earls to the Continent. This 'flight' took place from Portnamurray on the southern edge of the town. In 1617 the Friary was occupied by the Protestant Bishop of Raphoe, The Rt. Rev. Dr. Andrew Knox, who turned it into a stronghold during the colonisation of County Donegal during the Plantation of Ulster. A scene at Rathmullan beach, 2005.

In the 18th century Wolfe Tone, a leader of the 1798 Rising was held in Rathmullan after his capture in Buncrana. In the 19th century there was a British battery situated near the pier to defend Lough Swilly from a possible French invasion during the Napoleonic Wars. This battery still stands and today serves as a heritage centre.
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Rathmullan House Hotel Rathmullan House Hotel

Rathmullan, Donegal, Co. Donegal
Surrounded by woodland, Rathmullan House is just a few steps from a sandy beach on the banks of Lough Swilly. This beautiful, family-run property offers an award-winning restaurant and indoor pool.

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Donegal Cottages Donegal Cottages

Meenraigh, Rathmullan, Co. Donegal
With lovely countryside views, these rustic cottages are located 1.5 miles from historic Rathmullan village. Cottages offer real, open fireplaces, free parking and a fully equipped kitchen.

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An Bonnán Buí An Bonnán Buí

Pier Road, Rathmullan, Co. Donegal

Fort Royal Fort Royal

Town Centre, Rathmullan, Co. Donegal

Rathmullan House Rathmullan House

Main Street, Rathmullan, Co. Donegal

The Tap Room @ Rathmullan House

Rathmullan House, Rathmullan, Co. Donegal
When people think of a traditional country house, they are unlikely to envisage relaxed informal dining. In 2014, we decided to break the mould and embark on a project that offered our guests an alternative, more casual dining option.

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