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St Anne’s Church of Ireland churchyard is situated on the high hill of Mullach na Sí (Hill of the Fairies) overlooking the panorama of “Saimer’s Green Vale”. This ancient hill has a colourful history of its own. Gaelic tradition makes it the burial place of the legendary High King Hugh; son of Badurn who, we are told was drowned in the falls of Aodh Rua, Assaroe. St. Patrick in the fifth century visited the hill. The first church of the colonists to be erected here was built in the Market Yard by Sir Henry Folliott, close to his castle. In 1691, a second church was built in Mullaghnashee. The present church was erected in 1841. In the graveyard beside the church, many distinguished people are buried, including the poet, William Allingham, whose cremated ashes were transported from Woking, England where he died in 1889. Lieutenant McGovern of the Northumberland Infantry stationed in Ballyshannon was killed in the last duel in the area, which took place in 1802. He was buried with full military honours in Mullaghnashee graveyard. Prof. Robert Crawford, a renowned engineer, was buried here in 1914. The church is floodlit and it’s prominent position in the town in now noticeable both day and night. Fáilte go Béal Átha Seanaidh …. (Translated the name means The Mouth of Seanach’s Ford – after a 5th century warrior Seannach, who was slain in the area) Ballyshannon, the oldest town in Ireland is steeped in history. Inis Saimer, the little island situated in the Erne Estuary is said to be the spot where the first inhabitants of Ireland landed. Parthalon, a chieftain from Scythia (near modern Macedonia) is said to have landed here around 2700 B.C. Ballyshannon is the birthplace of the well-known poet William Allingham (1824-1889) and one of the world’s greatest Rock guitarists Rory Gallagher (born 2nd March 1948).