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Cúil Dabhcha
Culdaff 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
Country Ireland
Province Ulster
County County Donegal
 • Dáil Éireann Donegal North-East
Population (2006)
 • Urban 200
Time zone WET (UTC+0)
 • Summer (DST) IST (WEST) (UTC-1)
Irish Grid Reference C467453

Culdaff (Irish: Cúil Dabhcha) is a village on the Inishowen peninsula of County Donegal, Ireland. Popular for its beach and housing, it attracts people from all over Ireland. It has a population of approximately 200 people.

The present village dates back to the 8th century and was originally the site of the monastery of St Buadán which the Church of Ireland is named. William Lawson Micks and Samuel Arnold Lawson, acted as Trustees for one hundred acres of bogland at Meenawarra near Culdaff on behalf of the purchaser, Jane Leferre.[1]

Culdaff Beach[edit]

Culdaff beach is only about 50 yards away from the village. It includes two beaches, 'the small beach' and 'the big beach'. The beach can be very busy during the summer, and is known for the expansive sand on the main beach, and a large area of rocks around the second and further along the coastline.

Culdaff Main Street

One of the biggest events for Culdaff beach is the New Years Swim. People celebrate the new year by running into the ice cold water wearing just swimming gear.


The Bunagee Pier is the mooring for two boats that take anglers out to fish, the Barracuda and the Gemini. The fish caught offshore include White Pollock, Black Pollock, Plaice, Rock Salmon, Sea Trout, Salmon. Shell Fish include Brown Crab, Lobster, Green Crab, and Velvet Crab.


Culdaff Bay

The main sport in Culdaff is football and the team is part of the Jackie Crossan Premier Division of the Inishowen Football League. Their home ground, Caratra Park, is next to the beach.

Places of interest[edit]

Ancient monuments in the area (located near the Bocan chapel) include the Carrowmore High Crosses, the Cloncha Cross, the Bocan Stone Circle and the Temple of Deen (a ruined court tomb). Other sights include St. Bodans Rock (located below the Bridge), and the site of old St Bodans well (located behind the Church of Ireland),

Notable people[edit]


  1. ^ Bonner, Brian (1982) Redford Glebe: the story of an Ulster townland, Donegal; p. 24

Further reading[edit]

  • Peter Harbison, Guide to National and Historic Monuments of Ireland, Dublin, Gill & Macmillan, 1992, ISBN 0-7171-3239-0; pp. 96–97
  • Lou Callan et al., Ireland; 5th ed. London, Lonely Planet, 2002 ISBN 1-86450-379-3; pp. 599–600

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