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The Poisoned Glen

  With one of the stranger place names in Donegal, this unique hollow valley in the Derryveagh mountains is anything but poison to the senses. How it came to be at the foot of Mount Errigal strikes visitors with awe; carved out by a mass of ice that melted away into Dunlewey lake and beyond.  If you are lucky enough to gaze into the bowels of the valley you will wonder deeply about the origins of the name. Some say a whole army was poisoned here many moons ago. Legends claim that a giant cyclops called Balor, from nearby Tory Island, was poisoned through his eye by his grandson Lughaidh. Balor's tears spilled into the rocks and poisoned the glen as he...

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