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A sign indicating the beginning of Cloughaneely

Cloughaneely (officially known by its Irish language name, Cloch Cheann Fhaola)[1] is a district in the west of County Donegal, Ireland. This is a mainly coastal area with a population of over 4,000 centred on the town of Falcarragh and Gortahork. and it is a Gaeltacht area, meaning the Irish language is spoken as the primary language.[2] Cloughaneely includes the secondary school Pobalscoil Chloich Gheann Fhaola, with over 500 students. Places of interest include Cnoc na Naomh, considered to be a mountain with religious significance.[3] Cloughaneely, the Rosses and Gweedore, known locally as "the three parishes" with 16,000 Irish speakers, together form a social and cultural region different from the rest of the county, with Gweedore serving as the main centre for socialising and industry.[4]

Irish language[edit]

There are 2 EDs Electoral Divisions in the area:

  1. Gort a Choirce (1,599) (81%)
  2. Na Croisbhealai (2,168) (44%)


The name Cloch Cheann Fhaola (also written Cloich Chionnaola, meaning "the Stone of Faoil's Head") comes from a story which tells of the killing of Faoil. The story says that Balor of the Evil Eye beheaded Faoil on a rock because Faoil stole the Cow of Plenty from Balor and brought it back to the mainland from Tory.

A scenic view of Machaire Rabhartaigh strand and Muckish mountain, Cloughaneely

Townlands in Cloughaneely[edit]

  • Ballyness (Baile an Easa)
  • Ballingat (Baile an Gheata)
  • Ballyconnell (Baile Chonaill)
  • Ballytemple (Baile an Teampaill)
  • Caoldroim Íochtarach (Lower Keeldrum)
  • Caoldrum lar (Middle Keeldrum)
  • Caoldrum Thuas ( Upper Keeldrum)
  • Derryconnor (Doire Chonaire)
  • Falcarragh (An Fál Carrach)
  • Gortahork (Gort an Choirce)
  • Killult (Cill Ulta)
  • Magheroarty (Machaire Rabhartaigh)
  • Meenlaragh (Mín Lárach)
  • An Sruthán Riach


Notable people[edit]

See also[edit]

County Galway

County Donegal

County Kerry

County Mayo

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