Diamond Obelisk

County Donegal

In the early 17th century, four Franciscan friars, fearing that the arrival of the English meant the end of Celtic culture, chronicled the whole of known Celtic history and mythology. Starting 40 years before the biblical flood through AD 1618, The Annals of the Four Masters is one of the most important sources of early Irish history. The obelisk (1937), in the Diamond, commemorates the work; copies are displayed in the National Library in Dublin.

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Nearby County Donegal attractions

1. Donegal Castle

0.08 MILES

Guarding a picturesque bend of the River Eske, well-preserved 15th-century Donegal Castle is an imperious monument to Irish and English might. The castle…

2. Lough Eske

4.22 MILES

Almost surrounded by the Blue Stack Mountains, tranquil Lough Eske ('Lake of the Fish') is a scenic spot perfect for walking, cycling or fishing. It's a…

3. Salthill Gardens

4.27 MILES

Behind century-old stone walls, the lovely contemporary garden design of Salthill Gardens bursts with perennials, roses, lilies and clematis. It's 2km…

4. Rossnowlagh Beach

8.11 MILES

This stunner of a Blue Flag beach is the main draw in town, with the Atlantic surf rolling onto its broad expanse of sand. You can drive your car straight…

5. Franciscan Friary

8.31 MILES

Hidden in a forest at the southern end of the beach, this modern friary was built in the early 1950s and is set in beautiful, tranquil gardens that are…

6. St Connell's Museum & Heritage Centre

11.95 MILES

Next to the courthouse, this informative little museum has a wealth of exhibits on local history over several floors and doubles as an info centre and…

7. Belleek Pottery Visitor Centre

12.1 MILES

The imposing Georgian-style building beside Belleek's main bridge houses the world-famous Belleek Pottery, founded in 1857. It has been producing fine…

8. Tullan Strand

12.77 MILES

The long strand of surfing beach has a bountiful supply of that gorgeous trademark fine white sand that much of Ireland is famed for. There are rip tides,…