It is ten years since my last visit to Inishowen Peninsula. Last summer I was close, and you can read about that trip in my Dark Hedges, Giant Causeway and Rope bridge blogs. This time I had different plans, none of which worked out. Well, except for the main reason why I went to Inishowen, so let’s call it a business trip then – a magic business trip, to be precise 🙂 I will share the details next week after going through my photographs galore, but in this blog I just want to share a sad song that mentions Inishowen, because yes, I am very sad, and I want to go back.
You maidens of beauty, I’m a swain that’s forlorning,
I carelessly wandered away from my home,
I am off by the moonlight and day break of morning,
I am found in the mountains of dark Inishowen.
I strayed a place that they called sweet Clonmany
In search of a fair maid who I might adore,
But a maiden for to love me I could not find any
From Meendoran bridge to the Gap at Mamore.
Adieu to the place where I once had a sweetheart,
But now she has left me no wonder I mourn,
When I think of that sweet spot the haunt of that fair one
I pine for her absence in dark Inishowen.
Oh it’s distance divides us in dreams I caress her
For I was as happy as if I was at home,
When I speak to that vision that it bids me compress her
To a bosom that’s pining in dark Inishowen.
I am now sad and lonely since I left her dear dwelling
To repine on that sweet spot I shall never see more,
For I’m off by the wild beach where the salt seas are swelling
From Tullagh’s black rocks to the gap at Mamore.
And now I am stationed in the county Fermanagh,
And I left my wee darling with her parents at home,
If I ever return it will be to marry,
And to wed my wee darling in dark Inishowen.
Inishowen is not actually dark. The opening image is the view from my hotel window in Ballyliffin, Co Donegal, taken at the sunrise, and this one is another early morning view I captured when driving along the shores of Trawbreaga Bay, not far away from Malin. I drove through ” sweet Clonmany” too, but took no photographs ( failed plans as I already said…).
The last image is of water. Not just ordinary water, but the water of Pollan Bay…
This is all for now. More to follow…