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    Beltany Stone Circle

    Beltany Stone Circle, a National Monument, in the care of the Office of Public Works is situated about two kilometres outside Raphoe. The site consists of a circle of 64 large stones, one of which has cupmarks, and suggests a possible astronomical alignment.

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    St. Eunan's Cathedral

    St. Colmcille founded a monastic settlement on this site in the sixth century which was further developed by St. Eunan (627-704), the patron Saint of Raphoe. The oldest part of the present day building is the Southeast corner which dates back to the twelfth century.

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    Royal and Prior Boarding House

    The detached, seven-bay, three storey school with projecting end bays was built in 1737 by Bishop Nicholas Forster, Church of Ireland Bishop of Raphoe. Isaac Butt (1813-1879), founder of the Home Rule movement, was educated here.

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    Raphoe First Presbyterian Church

    Raphoe is one of the first Presbyterian settlements in Ulster. This church was built in 1876 and is typical of nineteenth century Presbyterian Church buildings. It is a neo-classical, three Bay, single storey over basement structure with a recessed entrance under pediment.

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    The Bishop's Palace

    John Leslie, Bishop of Raphoe, had a palace built on a hill adjoining the town having demolished the ancient round tower for building material. Inscribed in Latin on the foundation stone in the Northeast corner of the building is the fact that the palace was erected from May 1636 to August 1637.

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    The Masonic Hall

    Built in 1900 on the site of a smiths's forge and public house. The inscription in the hall reads "Audi-Vidi-Taci" meaning "Hear, See and Remain Silent".

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    The Volt House

    The three-storey, granite-faced Volt House was built in 1732 by Bishop Nicholas Forster, Church of Ireland Bishop of Raphoe (1716-1743), for widows of deceased clergymen. The Ordance Survey Memoirs (1835-1836) report that local folklore suggests the 'Vault' house received its name from the burial of friars in vaults where it stands.

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    St. Eunan's Church

    The foundation stone for this Hiberno-Romanesque Catholic Church was laid in October 1874. It is built of limestone with sandstone rings. Timothy Hevey designed the church. A prominent feature is the round tower that is modelled on Celtic round towers. A circular extension with a conical roof was completed in 1984.

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    The Diamond

    The 'Diamond' does not refer to the shape of the marketplace. It can follow any plan, although all occur at road intersections. The Market House, built in 1874, with the purpose of collecting tolls from farmers on fair days once stood in the centre of the Diamond but it was demolished in the late 1970's.

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    Raphoe Second Presbyterian Church / Recreation Hall

    The Church has a pediment front with Ionic pilasters and a recessed centre with two Ionic columns. It was built in 1860 for a second Presbyterian congregation and continued as a seperate church until 1923 when the two congregations merged.

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CHRISTMAS CRAFT FAIR
3rd Annual Fair
Saturday 13th December 2014
At  the Diamond Raphoe
From 12 noon to 5pm
With Crafts & Bakes sales all day plus Santa
Music and Dance from the
Ulster – Scots Agency
A GREAT DAY FOR ALL THE FAMILY
Anyone wishing to take a Table please contact Volt House Reception on 
074 91 73966 


 

May Fair 2014
Pleased to announce that Raphoe May Fair will be held on Saturday 31st May 2014. 1.00 pm. - 5pm. Vintage Machinery, Classic Cars & Motorbike Parade from Mart Car Park to the Diamond 12.30pm.  Community Parade, from the Presbyterian Church car park 1.30pm Floats Welcome. Live Music and Dancing outside the Volt House. 2.30 pm.-5pm. Music Recital by Raphoe Pipe Band. Irish Dancing Display. Local Irish Traditional music by Thursty oul Work. Other attractions include. Birds of Prey - a presentation of Live Birds of Prey from Glenveagh. Story telling for Children.- by renowned storyteller Paula Mc Mullan. Face Painting, Hobby Horse, Giant Bouncy Castle/slide. Craft Stalls.- impressive selection of Local Arts & Crafts. The Journey Men.- Group of Ireland best Artisans & Master Tradesmen. Mr Majestic.- A great Magician and Entainer for all ages. This will be a great Family Fun day. Come along and enjoy the fun.

20th May 2014


 

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Rooms for Hire at Raphoe Volt House


Rooms for Hire at the Volt House for Community Groups contact Reception on 074 91 73966.

8th June 2015

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Art Classes now started at the Volt new members welcome for more information contact reception on 074 91 73966.