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Ballyliffin

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Ballyliffin is a small village located in the North Western tip of Inishowen, County Donegal, Ireland.The surrounding landscape includes Pollan Strand, Binion hill and Crockaughrim hill.HistoryLocal history of the area is covered in Charles McGlinchey's publication, ‘The Last of the Name’. It includes accounts of feuds between landlords and tenants, battles and other nuances.Places of interestA small island off Pollan Bay called Glashedy is located roughly one mile off the coast. The English translation of the name is the Island of the Green Cloak derived from the layer of grass present on the top. Throughout the ages various ships have become wrecked near to the island, which provide rich fishing grounds and also contributed the rat population to the island.The nearby Isle of Doagh (no longer separate from mainland) is also worth a visit. Find out more about the area, facilities and things to do at www.visitballyliffin.comEconomyBallyliffin is home to a number of hotels such as The Strand Hotel, Ballyliffin Lodge Hotel & Spa, Ballyliffin TownHouse and the Ballyliffin Hotel as well as a golf club, restaurants and coffee shops such as Nancy's Barn and a small supermarket called Atlantic stores.PeopleBallyliffin is the birthplace of "The Heretic" John Toland, who coined the ideals of Pantheism. Folklore tells us that John Toland exchanged his soul for a book of wisdom on Binion hill, in a Faustian pact with the devil. It is now understood that these stories are derived from Toland's stance opposing the Catholic church.Former Bohemian FC footballer Fearghal Harkin is originally from Ballyliffin.
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