Just 15 miles away from Letterkenny and 15 miles from Derry/L’Derry, lies Lifford, the historic capital of Donegal. The Old Courthouse was built in 1746 and was once home to some of the north west’s most wanted villains.
Just 15 miles away from Letterkenny and 15 miles from Derry/L’Derry, lies Lifford, the historic capital of Donegal. The Old Courthouse was built in 1746 and was once home to some of the north west’s most wanted villains. These days it’s home to a museum which has proved itself a firm favourite with all ages.
You will have a chance to experience the life of a prisoner as you are arrested by a foul tempered prison guard and marched down into the original dungeons where you will mingle with a range of different prison characters in a live, one man show.
With United Irishman James Napper Tandy, ‘Half Hanged’ MacNaghten and Mad Mary Kelly among the stories told like never before. You can hear the jailers' keys clanking, the shutting and banging of doors and the discussions between prisoners and the visitors. You will also learn first hand the severity of the sentences meted out to the unfortunate victims as you are charged and finger printed for a crime you didn’t commit.
Try to dodge the stocks, avoid solitary confinement and stay well clear of any asylum inmates you may meet lurking in the shadows! When you have served your time behind bars, sneak upstairs to The Courthouse Bistro, comfortably at home in what was once the grand courtroom, where you will be served something much more pleasant, a unique dining experience, with modern Irish cuisine served Monday to Friday, with everything from light snacks and main courses to delicious daily specials.
New for 2013 in the spirit of The Gathering, an all new clans room has been added, a must see for any descendent of the famous Donegal families. Entry price is included in the standard tour admission and for opening times, admission prices, etc, please see website.