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Carn Domhnach
Carndonagh SW View 1996 08 29-mod.jpg
Carndonagh is located in Ireland
Location in Ireland
Coordinates: 55°15′N 7°16′W / 55.25°N 7.27°W / 55.25; -7.27Coordinates: 55°15′N 7°16′W / 55.25°N 7.27°W / 55.25; -7.27
CountyCounty Donegal
Dáil ÉireannDonegal
EU ParliamentMidlands–North-West
32 m (105 ft)
 • Total2,471
Eircode routing key
Telephone area code+353(0)74
Irish Grid ReferenceC467453

Carndonagh (karn-DUN-ah; Irish: Carn Domhnach)[2] is a town on the Inishowen peninsula in County Donegal, Ireland, close to Trawbreaga Bay. It is the site of the Donagh Cross (or St. Patrick's Cross), believed to date to the 7th century.[3] The Irish name, Carn Domhnach, means "the cairn or mound of the church".[4]


The town is laid out around a central square, or Diamond, and is dominated by its Romanesque Revival Catholic chapel. It is home to 6 national schools including St. Patrick's GNS and BNS, Glentogher NS, Craigtown NS, Donagh NS, St. Bridget's NS and Carndonagh Community School, formerly the largest community school in the Republic of Ireland. Carndonagh is home to a number of musicians, artists and writers and to the Inishowen Carnival Group, Carndonagh Musical Society, Brass Band, and the Inishowen Gospel Choir (both international performers).[citation needed]


Carndonagh railway station opened on 1 July 1907, but finally closed on 2 December 1935.[5]

There are private coach services from the town to Derry[6] and Dublin.[7]

Carndonagh is on the R238, R240 and R244 regional roads.


Some of the sports clubs and organisations active within the community in Carndonagh are:



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  1. ^ "Population and Actual and Percentage Change 2011 to 2016 by Alphabetical List of Towns, CensusYear and Statistic". Central Statistics Office (Ireland). Archived from the original on 24 September 2021. Retrieved 24 July 2017.
  2. ^ "Carn Domhnach/Carndonagh". Placenames Database of Ireland. Government of Ireland - Department of Arts, Heritage and the Gaeltacht and Dublin City University. Archived from the original on 28 March 2016. Retrieved 24 July 2017.
  3. ^ "Donagh Cross - Visit Carndonagh". Archived from the original on 15 March 2016. Retrieved 22 June 2019.
  4. ^ "Visit Carndonagh, County Donegal". Archived from the original on 25 October 2017. Retrieved 22 June 2019.
  5. ^ "Carndonagh station" (PDF). Railscot - Irish Railways. Archived (PDF) from the original on 17 February 2011. Retrieved 14 September 2007.
  6. ^ "Foyle Coaches". Archived from the original on 8 July 2019. Retrieved 1 July 2015.
  7. ^ "John McGinley Coaches". Archived from the original on 1 August 2017. Retrieved 25 July 2017.

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