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Kilmacrennan village
Location in Ireland

Coordinates: 55°01′47″N 7°46′43″W / 55.029744°N 7.778664°W / 55.029744; -7.778664Coordinates: 55°01′47″N 7°46′43″W / 55.029744°N 7.778664°W / 55.029744; -7.778664

Country Ireland
Province Ulster
County County Donegal
 • Dáil Éireann Donegal North–East
Population (2011)
 • Total 685
Time zone WET (UTC+0)
 • Summer (DST) IST (WEST) (UTC-1)
Irish Grid Reference C166178

Kilmacrennan[1] (Gaelic: Cill Mhic nÉanáin or Cill Mhic Réanáin)[2] is a small village in County Donegal, Ireland. The village had a population of 685 in the 2011 census, however the village's population has increased steadily over the last decade with many new housing developments catering, in particular, for overspill population from Letterkenny. Kilmacrennan was historically the caput of its eponymous Barony of Kilmacrennan, of the eight Baronies of Donegal.


Kilmacrennan lies on the N56 10 km northwest of Letterkenny, which is the largest town in County Donegal. The village's name 'Cill Mhic nEanain' means 'the church of the sons of Eanan'.

Two rivers flow through the village, the Lennon and the Lurgy. Traditionally, the river Lennon was renowned for salmon fishing; however, the salmon numbers have dropped dramatically in recent years. Most anglers blame pollution for this. The salmon and trout population is slowing increasing but will take a number of years for it to reach its old level.


There are two pubs in the village – The Anglers Haven and The Millbridge – and a post office, supermarket, Millbridge Meats butchers, and Cut 'n' Styles hairdressers. There is also the Hilltop Cafe and Take-Away located in the centre of the village, which serves food in the summer months. There are three churches: a Catholic church and the Church of St Finian and St Mark Church of Ireland in the village itself, as well as a Presbyterian Church in the townland of Leiter about 5 km away. Work has recently finished on the long-awaited new National School which is located across from the old school and Catholic Church. There are approximately 154 pupils attending. It opened for the first time on 31 March 2008.


North West Aluminium manufacture and produce a large range of aluminium & pvc roofline trims. They recently won the Donegal County Enterprise, 'Business of the year 2008' award at a black tie ceremony.


Kilmacrennan has a soccer club called Kilmacrennan Celtic, founded in 1977 and formerly known as Lurgy Celtic. They have a senior and reserve team in the Donegal League and also have underage teams from u-8 level to u-14 level.

Notable people

  • Michael Logue
  • Cahir O'Doherty was killed near here, was decapitated and his head was put on public display
  • Bernard McGlinchey, senator and businessman[3]

See also


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