Published Thursday, 17 October 2013
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The centuries old song Amazing Grace tells the story of salvation and it was on the shores of Lough Swilly in Co Donegal where the hymn's creator found inspiration.
It was written by John Newton, who left the Royal Navy in disgrace and became a slave trader.
Sailing to Britain in 1748, his ship was caught up in a violent storm off the Irish coast. The vessel looked destined to sink - but survived and made it home.
However, the experience changed Newton - he found his faith and became a campaigner against the slavery.
He penned poems and hymns - the greatest of which "Amazing Grace" reflects on his salvation from the storm off Donegal.
Now tourism is benefiting from that salvation with the creation of an Amazing Grace trail and the idea has been praised by politicians and clergy alike.
Bishop of Derry and Raphoe Ken Good told UTV: "Internationally, globally the hymn is sung in every country in every language. It is simple and straight forward, it means a lot to people and I think it is wonderful."
Deputy First Minister Martin McGuinness, who is from nearby Derry, said: "Well, it is an absolutely beautiful song and I have no doubt whatsoever that people who are interested in the history of the end of slavery will be very much attracted to this area."
Jonathan Bell, Junior Minister, added: "I hope that many of those people come back to where the author was, to where that tragedy was on that night, and that transformation that led him to pen those words that truly are immortal."
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