|Ailt an Chorráin
|• Dáil Éireann||Donegal South-West|
|Irish Grid Reference||B717154|
|As this is a Gaeltacht village, the Irish Ailt an Chorráin is the only official name.|
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.
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.
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.
- Joseph Sweeney, Irish politician and former MP
- Packie Bonner is from the area around Burtonport.
- Pat the Cope Gallagher
- Peadar O'Donnell novelist, leftist, and prominent IRA activist from the 1920-1930s era was born in Burtonport.
- Joseph Duffy martial artist and UFC fighter is from Burtonport.
- Placenames (Ceantair Ghaeltachta) Order 2004
- "Burtonport station" (PDF). Railscot - Irish Railways. Retrieved 2007-09-13.