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Croithlí is located in Ireland
Location in Ireland
Coordinates: 55°01′09″N 8°18′44″W / 55.01919°N 8.312101°W / 55.01919; -8.312101Coordinates: 55°01′09″N 8°18′44″W / 55.01919°N 8.312101°W / 55.01919; -8.312101
Country Ireland
Province Ulster
County County Donegal
 • Dáil Éireann Donegal South–West
Elevation[1] 70 m (230 ft)
Time zone WET (UTC+0)
 • Summer (DST) IST (WEST) (UTC-1)
Irish Grid Reference B808187
Croithlí is the only official name. The anglicized spelling Crolly has no official status.

Croithlí or Croichshlí (anglicised as Crolly)[2] is a village in the Gaeltacht parishes of Gweedore (Gaoth Dobhair) and The Rosses (Na Rosa), County Donegal, Ireland. The two parishes are separated by the Crolly River. It has one convenience shop-cum-restaurant and petrol station and one public house, Páidí Óg's.[3]

Crolly Dolls[edit]

The village gained national and international fame due to the opening of the Crolly Factory in 1939 which started making the renowned Crolly Dolls. The early dolls were handmade with a soft-filled body, a strong head and arms and legs. Their clothes were made from local fabrics and knitted vestments. Soft toys for boys, like teddy bears, were also made at the factory.

Crolly waterfall.

The original factory closed in the 1970s. This was a major blow to the local economy. However, in 1993, the popularity of the dolls was recognised and a smaller company was reopened. The Crolly Doll is sold all over the world.[4]

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