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Dungiven

Derivation:
Dùn Geimhín: ‘Given’s fort.

Potted history:
The market town of Dungiven is on the main Belfast to Derry road.  It is situated near the Brenbradagh Mountain where the rivers Roe, Owenreagh and Owenbeg converge. 

Between the 12th and 17th century the area was ruled over by the O’Cahan clan.  During the days of James I they built Dungiven Castle which remains today as a restaurant and guesthouse.

Do not miss:
Dungiven Priory was founded in 1100 AD and contains the tomb of Cooey-na-Gall, an ancient chieftan of the O’Cahan clan.  Beside the priory is a thorn bush hung with rags, this conceals a bullaun stone which is belived to cure warts.

As well as providing a restaurant and guesthouse, Dungiven Castle also contains Victorian gardens and pathways which are accessible to the public.

The town has an active pub culture, with many bars offering entertainment, traditional music sessions and dancing.

A little local knowledge:
World Famous song ‘Danny boy’ is taken from a melody composed by O’Cahan bard Rory Dall O’Cahan.  The origional version concerns the passing of the Chief Cooey-na-Gall whose death brought an end to a long line of O’Cahan chiefs in Northern Ireland.

Famous folk:
Folk singer Cara Dillon was born in Dungiven.