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A view of Creeslough village, taken in 2008.
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Creeslough (//; Irish: An Craoslach [ə ˈkˠɾˠiːsˠˌlɑx], meaning ‘The Gorge’ or ‘Throat Lake’) is a village in County Donegal, Ireland, which is located 12 km south of Dunfanaghy on the N56 road, 54 m above sea level and overlooking an arm of Sheephaven Bay. It is a small village, with the population of the surrounding area engaged mainly in agriculture, mostly livestock rearing, as little of the surrounding land is suitable for tillage.
Places of interest
Nearby attractions include:
- Doe Castle, a 16th-century castle of the MacSuibhne clan, which has been restored during 2002-2005. It is perhaps best known as the place to which Owen Roe O'Neill returned to command the Irish Confederate's Ulster army in 1642 during the Irish Confederate Wars.
- Ards Forest Park, which contains some megalithic tombs, ringforts and a Mass rock. The forest park encompasses a variety of habitats, including sand dunes, tidal salt marsh as well as several small lakes, two of which are vegetation-filled and in the process of becoming bogs.
- Remains of the Owencarrow Viaduct, whose railway line closed in 1941. Scene of the Owencarrow Viaduct Disaster in 1925.
- Glenveagh National Park, which was created in 1981 from lands granted to the state by Henry P. McIlhenny, of Philadelphia.
- The surrounding mountainous areas are suitable for hill walking and are notable for their ease of access. Muckish, with its distinctive outline and a number of routes to the summit to choose from, is a popular destination with walkers. The annual Glover Highlander walk (from Muckish to Errigal) starts nearby. There are several marked trails to choose from in Glenveagh National Park, as well as the possibility for off-trail hiking.
- The Roman Catholic church, St Michael's, designed by Derry architect Liam McCormick in 1971, is notable for its unique design, which mimics the shape of the nearby table mountain of Muckish. McCormick was also responsible for the design of the RIAI Triennial Gold Medal-winning St Aengus' Church, Burt, County Donegal. The church bell was moved from the bell tower associated with (the now demolished) Doe Chapel. The remains of the outer walls of the chapel are situated within the current graveyard at Doe (in the townland of Cashelmore, 3 km north of Creeslough). The bell tower was, however, not demolished.
Creeslough supports three primary schools:
- Scoil Mhuire (142 pupils, 2011 figures, Roman Catholic)
- Creeslough National School (20 pupils, 2011 figures, Church of Ireland)
- Glassan National School (29 pupils, 2011 figures, Roman Catholic), Glassan National School is located 5 km to the West of Creeslough village.
- Kathleen Antonelli, programmer of ENIAC, the first ever computer
- Thomas Bartholomew Curran, barrister and Anti-Parnellite
- Lawrence Donegan, author of No News at Throat Lake (2000)
- Bridie Gallagher, acclaimed singer
- Neil McBride (Niall Mac Gioll Bhridé), poet, author, and lyricist.
- Christy Toye, Gaelic football player.
- Martin McElhinney, Gaelic football player.
- Colm McFadden, Gaelic football player
- James McNulty, Activist for Irish Independence and father of Kathleen Antonelli
In popular culture
- No News at Throat Lake is a memoir by Lawrence Donegan about his year living in Creeslough as a reporter at the bi-weekly newspaper, Tirconaill Tribune.
- The area has featured in many Irish folk songs, the most famous being "Cutting the Corn in Creeslough" which has been covered by the likes of Daniel O'Donnell and Creeslough native Bridie Gallagher.
- In the novel An Answer from Limbo by Brian Moore, the main character, Eileen Tierney was born and reared in Creeslough and it is remembered and described by her with fondness.
- "THE MASSROCK". www.creeslough.com. Retrieved February 17, 2016.
- "Walking Ireland's Iconic Mountains – Number 2: Muckish". January 20, 2011. Retrieved February 17, 2016.
- The Glover Highlander Walk
- "St. Michael's Church". www.dunfanaghy.info. Retrieved February 17, 2016.
- "Liam McCormick - Father of modern Irish church architecture". www.culturenorthernireland.org. April 7, 2006. Retrieved February 17, 2016.
- "Creeslough station" (PDF). Railscot - Irish Railways. Retrieved 2007-09-23.
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- Zibart, Eve (2000). "No News At Throat Lake BookPage review". www.bookpage.com. Retrieved February 17, 2016.
- Gallagher, Bridie. "Noreen Bawn". www.youtube.com. Retrieved March 20, 2016.
- Scharf, Margaret Kelly (July 16, 2014). "Niall McBride". www.findagrave.com. Retrieved March 20, 2016.
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