Burtonport

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Ailt an Chorráin
Burtonport
Town
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Burtonport is located in Ireland
Burtonport
Location in Ireland
Coordinates: 54°58′56″N 8°26′04″W / 54.982293°N 8.434324°W / 54.982293; -8.434324Coordinates: 54°58′56″N 8°26′04″W / 54.982293°N 8.434324°W / 54.982293; -8.434324
Country Ireland
Province Ulster
County County Donegal
Government
 • Dáil Éireann Donegal South–West
Population (2011)
 • Total 323
Irish Grid Reference B717154
As this is a Gaeltacht village, the Irish Ailt an Chorráin is the only official name.

Ailt an Chorráin or Ailt a' Chorráin (English name: Burtonport)[1] is a Gaeltacht fishing village about 7 km northwest of Dungloe in The Rosses area of County Donegal, Republic of Ireland

The main employers in the village are the Burtonport Fishermen's Co-op and the Bord Iascaigh Mhara (Irish Sea Fisheries Board) ice plant. In recent years these establishments have been in decline due to the abandonment of fishing as a career and way of life by locals, due to depleted fish stocks and very restrictive fishing laws.

History[edit]

A plaque there commemorates the brief landing on the nearby island of Inishmacadurn (or Rutland Island) of a French military force led by James Napper Tandy in a failed attempt to assist rebels during the 1798 rebellion on 16 September 1798.

Transport[edit]

The ferry leaving Burtonport for Arranmore

As the mainland port for both the Arranmore car ferry service and the Arranmore fast ferry passenger service, Burtonport receives a lot of passing tourist traffic.

Burtonport had a railway service from Letterkenny between 1903 and 1940 provided by the Letterkenny & Burtonport Extension Railway (L&BER), a company jointly owned by the State and the Londonderry and Lough Swilly Railway (L&LSR). Burtonport railway station opened on 9 March 1903, but finally closed on 3 June 1940.[2]

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References[edit]

  1. ^ Placenames (Ceantair Ghaeltachta) Order 2004
  2. ^ "Burtonport station". Railscot - Irish Railways. Retrieved 2007-09-13.