Killygordon

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Killygordon
Cúil na gCuirridín
Village
Killygordon is located in Ireland
Killygordon
Killygordon
Location in Ireland
Coordinates: 54°48′11″N 7°35′48″W / 54.8030°N 7.5966°W / 54.8030; -7.5966Coordinates: 54°48′11″N 7°35′48″W / 54.8030°N 7.5966°W / 54.8030; -7.5966
Country Ireland
Province Ulster
County County Donegal
Population (2011)
 • Total 608
Time zone WET (UTC+0)
 • Summer (DST) IST (WEST) (UTC-1)

Killygordon[1] or Killygordan[2] (Irish: Cúil na gCuirridín), is a small village in the Finn Valley of east County Donegal, Ireland. It has a population of 608 (2011) and is located on the N15 between Ballybofey and Castlefin. The separate townland of the Crossroads lies half a mile from Killygordon. The River Finn passes by the village on its way towards its confluence with the River Mourne and the River Foyle.[3]

Amenities[edit]

Killygordon has one pub, St. Patrick's Catholic church at the Crossroads, a Presbyterian church at Liscooley and St. Anne's Church of Ireland at Monellan.

A view of Killygordon village.

Economy[edit]

The main employer in the area is Donegal Creameries Plc which is based in the nearby village of the Crossroads, a dairy company which supplies fresh milk to all of Donegal. As one of the largest employers in the county, it employs over 100 people and has been in operation since 1989. They sponsor most sports in Donegal. The GAA County team and the Finn Harps FC.[4]

Places of Interest[edit]

Monellan Castle, situated two miles outside the village, was built during the 18th century, and part of the 35 room dwelling was underground, to be used as a place of safety - if such was required. The castle and its gardens were in proper condition for some time after the Catholic Emancipation Act in 1775, until its demolition in the 1930s - on orders given to the Irish Land Commission from the Government of the day. Idiots? [5]

A picnic site in Killygordon.

Demographics[edit]

The population of Greater Killygordon is just over six hundred people. The village and surrounding areas have a large C of I and presbeyterian minority, however, Roman Catholicism is the main religion practiced.

St. Patrick's Church at the Crossroads, Killygordon.

Sport[edit]

The local Gaelic football team is Aodh Rua (Red Hugh's) and Setanta is the local hurling team. They have separate Gaelic Athletic Association (GAA) grounds and both are located at the Crossroads.

Education[edit]

Killygordon has two primary schools:

  • Dromore National School.
  • Killygordon National School.

The Crossroads has one primary school:

  • Gleneely National School.

The people of Killygordon get their secondary education either at the Finn Valley College (formally know as Stranorlar Vocational School), St. Columba's College Stranorlar or at the Royal and Prior, Raphoe.[6]

Transport[edit]

Killygordon railway station opened in September 1863, but finally closed on 1 January 1960.[7] A number of buses pass through nearby Stranorlar on a daily basis going to Letterkenny, Derry, Strabane, Dublin, Sligo and Galway.there is also a service which connects Killygordon with Stranorlar and Strabane

Notable people[edit]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Placenames Database of Ireland
  2. ^ "Table 5: Population of Towns ordered by County and size, 2002 and 2006". 2006 Census Volume 1 (in Ireland). Central Statiistics Office. 2007. p. 56. Retrieved 7 April 2012. 
  3. ^ http://www.salmon-ireland.com/salmon-rivers/foyle/river-finn.jsp
  4. ^ http://www.finnharps.com/site/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=464:donegal-cremaries-to-continue-as-official-sponsor-of-harps&catid=67:todays-highlights&Itemid=90
  5. ^ http://www.finnvalley.ie/history/monellancastle/index.html
  6. ^ http://www.ceist.ie/ceist_schools/view_school.cfm?loadref=76
  7. ^ "Castlefinn station" (PDF). Railscot - Irish Railways. Retrieved 2007-09-16. 

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