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2 or 3 days' location for Derry/Donagal (Enya) and Portrush sights

Apologies for the convoluted topic. We wonder if it is possible to spend 3 days in one location for both Donegal (Rick Steves' sugegsted route) and Portrush (1 hour + 30%) sights. Or, should we spent 2 nights in one location (i.e., Derry) for Donegal and 1 night in Portrush. We prefer the one location and will be coming from 4 nights from somewhere in Connemara (TBD-working on it). We are also big Enya fans (born in Donegal) and would love to know if anyone has knowledge of her haunts in her birthplace of Donegal. Thank you!

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Recently I saw an episode of Places to Love with Samantha Brown featuring Donegal. She visited Leo’s Tavern which has ties to Enya and Clannad (her sisters I believe?). As I recall one of Enya’s sisters was interviewed. The entire episode is worth watching. We’re headed to Donegal for a week in May.

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Having been there five times, I would do two nights Donegal and then one night Portrush. Where to stay really depends on what parts of County Donegal you plan on seeing. Derry might not be the best choice.


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We decided to spent 3 nights (2 days) in Letterkenny (Sept 2019). We'll see Sligo/Donegal/Slieve Leage (weather dependent) on our way from Doolin. On our way out, we skip Derry, head to the Antrim coast and end up in Belfast. Thank you for your advice and tips!

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When we stayed in Bunbeg in County Donegal back in 2012 we stopped in for a pint at Leo's Tavern in the nearby village of Meenaleck, Enya's hometown. The tavern was established by Enya's father Leo O Braonain back in the late sixties. It is quite famous and when we were there it featured photos of and memorabilia from Enya's career. I believe that she has siblings who are also well known in musical circles. Leo died just a few years ago but I imagine that the tavern has been maintained pretty much as it was, though I could be wrong.