Donegal Town was a madhouse. Once we got to the outskirts of town, everything slowed right down and it took at least 10 minutes to crawl to the bus stop. Traffic was backed up in the other direction, too. Then we got off the bus and I was surprised at how many people there were in The Diamond and just milling about. After walking a bit, we went back to The Diamond to sit and eat our lunch, and we discovered that there was a concert going on, so that was a happy surprise.
After lunch, we went over to the library and that was as crowded as I've ever seen it. We looked at the shelves and each of us found something unexpected to bring home, along with the holds that had come in, so that was nice.
Then we walked around some more. Bill pointed out this very striking flower.
It is definitely tourist season. I read that staycations are more popular in Ireland this year, due to the weather and I guess that both in the Republic and Northern Ireland, now is the time many people take their holidays. It's also a difficult time in Northern Ireland just now. July 12 is a sectarian celebration there and violence and mayhem increase on the night of the 11th and in the days around it, so many people leave, if they can. We did see lots of Northern Ireland cars, but there are always some around anyway.
Not all the tourists were from Ireland, though.
|the two in the centre are Irish and Northern Irish|
|this one's from the UK 'mainland'|
|this one's from Switzerland|
The water was quite calm.
|part of Donegal Town from behind|