The Civil Parishes of County Donegal

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Civil Parishes of County Donegal

There are 52 civil parishes in County Donegal. The county's name derives for the Irish Dhún na nGall meaning "fort of the foreigners". Donegal is part of the Border Region and is in the province of Ulster. Its county town is Donegal situated in the south of the county. The population of county Donegal was 161,137 according to the 2011 census. The county was previously known as Tyrconnell (Tír Chonaill), after the historic area of the same name.

County Donegal is famous for being the home of the once mighty Clann Dálaigh, whose most famous branch were the Clann Ó Domhnaill, also known as the O'Donnell Clan. Until around 1600, the O'Donnells were one of Ireland's richest and most powerful Gaelic ruling-families. Within the Province of Ulster only the Clann Uí Néill (O'Neill Clan) of modern County Tyrone were more powerful. The O'Donnells were Ulster's second most powerful clan or ruling-family from the early 13th-century through to the start of the 17th-century. For several centuries the O'Donnells ruled Tír Chonaill, a Gaelic kingdom in West Ulster that covered almost all of modern County Donegal. Based at Donegal Castle in Dún na nGall ( Donegal Town), the O'Donnell Kings of Tír Chonaill were traditionally inaugurated at Doon Rock near Kilmacrenan. O'Donnell royal or chiefly power was finally ended in what was then the newly created County Donegal in September 1607, following the Flight of the Earls from near Rathmullan.
The modern County Donegal was shired by order of the English Crown in 1585. The English authorities at Dublin Castle formed the new county by amalgamating the old Kingdom of Tír Chonaill with the old Lordship of Inishowen. However, the English authorities were unable to establish control over Tír Chonaill and Inishowen until after the Battle of Kinsale in 1602. Full control over the new County Donegal was only achieved after the Flight of the Earls in September 1607. The county was one of those 'planted' during the Plantation of Ulster from around 1610 onwards.

 

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Parish

Irish Name & Meaning

1

Aghanunshin

 

2

Allsaints

 

3

Aughnish

 

4

Barr of Inch

 

5

Burt

 

6

Clonca

 

7

Clondahorky

 

8

Clondavaddog

 

9

Clonleigh

 

10

Clonmany

 

11

Convoy

 

12

Conwal

 

13

Culdaff

 

14

Desertegny

 

15

Donagh

 

16

Donaghmore

 

17

Donegal

 

18

Drumhome

 

19

Fahan Lower

 

20

Fahan Upper

 

21

Gartan

 

22

Glencolumbkille

 

23

Kilbarron

 

24

Kilcar

 

25

Killaghtee

 

26

Killea

 

27

Killybegs Upper

 

28

Killybegs Lower

 

29

Killygarvan

 

30

Killymard

 

31

Kilmacrenan

 

32

Kilteevoge

 

33

Inch

 

34

Inishkeel

 

35

Inishmacsaint

 

36

Inver

 

37

Leck

 

38

Lettermacaward

 

39

Mevagh

 

40

Moville Lower

 

41

Moville Upper

 

42

Muff

 

43

Raphoe Raphoe

 

44

Raymoghy

 

45

Raymunterdoney

 

46

Stranorlar

 

47

Taughboyne

 

48

Templecarn

 

49

Templecrone

 

50

Tullaghobegley

 

51

Tullyfern

 

52

Urney