The Place

Corcreggan Mill has been described as a peaceful sanctuary in the spiritual heart of Ireland's most beautiful, unspoilt county.

Since the establishment of this popular tourist accommodation and workshop venue in 1990, the emphasis has been on the tasteful and authentic renovation of the old, stone buildings on the 5-acre site, to provide a comfortable, authentic and valuable holiday experience for all our guests.

Led by guest recommendations over the past 25 years, Corcreggan Mill has virtually become a small village, offering a wide range of tourist accommodations in the same tranquil setting ... just 2 miles (3km) from Dunfanaghy, beside New Lake Nature Reserve, overlooking the sea.

We’re delighted to receive the tourist board’s new, Welcome Standard, badge of approval ... where it’s the guest’s overall positive experience that’s paramount.

Our “Unique, quirky property” results from the owner’s passion “to provide a valuable holiday experience for discerning guests who want a memorable interaction with our dramatic, unspoilt landscape; its people; their history, culture and mythology.”

Many guests agree that “A one night, flying visit will never give you such an experience.” So we’re happy to create an incentive by giving you price discounts (or a bottle of wine) to encourage you to extend your stay and get that valuable experience.

On our site we provide several hospitality options, including our "quirky" B&B but also, the ever popular Carriage to which fantasia we've recently added Glamping Tents ... the absolutely unique Trawler and a new aspect to our little Campsite.

We delight in introducing our guests to the beauty, history and mythology of the area and I have made a free, coloured map (below) which covers a radius of 8km around Dunfanaghy, showing the key features which might be enjoyed during a visit of several days. I have also re-written my popular Tourist Information and Walk Guide, called Rambles and Ramblings of a Blow-In, which is available at Reception or can be viewed or downloaded free on this website.

 

The Owner

Welcome to Corcreggan.

Myname is Brendan. I'm the creator of this fantasy and I'm your host.

It was several years ago now, when I   realised that my memory was becoming patchy, that I decided to write down some snippets of the events of my life, intended as a series of short stories for my son Louis, before they disappeared altogether. More than likely it will be my, as yet unborn, grandson or granddaughter who will have any interest in who his/her strange Grand-dad was or what he did or was interested in.

I wrote my first proper, short story (Soldier's Farewell) in 2004 but it was not until 2006 that I began writing several more in quick succession. I wrote 'Soldier's Farewell with the possibility in mind that it might, somehow, be found suitable for inclusion  on my favourite Irish Radio programme, Sunday Miscellany, which I have been listening to for most of my life. Not knowing how to go about it I rang RTE and was put through to Lawrence Foster himself (it felt a bit like ringing Buckingham Palace and being put through to the Queen). I couldn’t believe it when I   received the written reply, saying that it was rejected by the great man as ... "not being suitable in tone, presentation or content!"

Two years later, when I presented the very same story, to the very same programme, albeit to a different presenter ... but without changing a word, it was accepted. It was recorded a couple of weeks later in Letterkenny and it was broadcast by RTE Radio on 16 July 2006.

Besides all that ... I happen to enjoy writing and you are more than welcome to read my stories on my Medium Blog.

In 2015 I wrote and published a book about a commemorative project I proposed ... and a monument I had built at Killyhoey beach, with amazing community support, to honour a local WW2 humanitarian event. It took a momentous effort and, given the good fortune of the aircraft crew who landed, in emergency circumstances, I called the book On a Wing and a Prayer.

 
 
Brendan with Danu ... saying "Please stop snoring. You're disturbing my sleep!"

Brendan with Danu ... saying "Please stop snoring. You're disturbing my sleep!"

We like to personalise your visit with 'respect' to your flag, whatever it may be. Brendan, with three wonderful international helpers ... in front of the old Mill, which is patiently awaiting it's restoration.

We like to personalise your visit with 'respect' to your flag, whatever it may be. Brendan, with three wonderful international helpers ... in front of the old Mill, which is patiently awaiting it's restoration.

That's how we wake up our guests at Corcreggan. Authentic and amazingly effective. The detail of the authenticity betrays the quirkiness of the owner. Here you have a by-birth and upbringing, Roman Catholic ... on a long-term Protestant property, wearing a traditional Irish saffron kilt and an Irish Army, Special Forces, Officers beret ... while playing the traditionally Unionist, Lambeg drum!

That's how we wake up our guests at Corcreggan. Authentic and amazingly effective. The detail of the authenticity betrays the quirkiness of the owner. Here you have a by-birth and upbringing, Roman Catholic ... on a long-term Protestant property, wearing a traditional Irish saffron kilt and an Irish Army, Special Forces, Officers beret ... while playing the traditionally Unionist, Lambeg drum!