Other vegetables, such as peas, carrots, beans and lettuce need shelter. But being low-growing, it is easy to set up some windbreak material, such as wooden picket fence or plastic mesh wind-break.
Raised beds are a good idea in damp areas, not so in dry areas. If the soil is stony, try to build a layer of soil by using plenty of compost or buy a load of organic material, spent mushroom compost would be the ideal, although probably not available locally in Donegal, but there is plenty in Monaghan and surrounding areas.
Klaus Laitenberger who grew vegetables for some years in similar conditions in Leitrim has recently published a vegetable book based on his experience.