Ballyshannon, Co. Donegal
Ballyshannon (Béal Átha Seanaidh in Irish) is a lively town that lies at the mouth of the river Erne in County Donegal. Just west of the town the Erne widens and its waters meander over a long sandy estuary. The northern bank of the river rises steeply away from the riverbank, while the southern bank is flat with a small cliff that runs parallel to the river.
Two handcrafted pottery industries Celtic Weave and Donegal Parian China, are situated here. Belleek Pottery is crafted just across the border in Northern Ireland. Abbey Assaroe, near the town, has a restored mill complete with waterwheels. The Abbey Centre has conference facilities. An amenity area, including a waterbus, is located on Assaroe Lake.
The Ballyshannon International Folk and Traditional Music Festival is celebrated each August.
Nearby Rossnowlagh Beach is a popular local surfing beach.