|• Dáil Éireann||Donegal South–West|
|• EU Parliament||North–West|
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|Cill Charthaigh is the only official name. The anglicised spelling Kilcar has no official status.|
Cill Charthaigh (anglicised as Kilcar) is a Gaeltacht village on the R263 regional road in the south west of County Donegal, Ireland. It is also a townland of 233 acres and a civil parish in the historic barony of Banagh.
The village itself consists of a main street with a Church at one end and two textile factories at the other end. In between there are a few shops and four pubs. The village has the principal tweed hand weaving facility in Donegal, with a shop Studio Donegal selling high quality tweed products. Kilcar is well known for its tradition in Knitting - Fisherman Out of Ireland Knitwear Showroom is located at Ballymoon, Kilcar Fisherman Out of Ireland Knitwear. There is also a producer of seaweed based cosmetic products. Áislann Chill Chartha is a community facility which includes a library, sports hall (basketball and indoor football), a fully equipped fitness suite, computer centre, and small theatre. It also has exhibits based on the history of South West Donegal and usually has a revolving exhibition of historic local photographs, it is located beside Studio Donegal.
The national school is about 750 meters from the main street and the parish of Kilcar stretches all the way to the river which separates it from the next village, Carrick, which is about 6 kilometres away.
One of these townlands is Muckross (Mucros in Irish) which is a popular location for tourists due to its spectacular scenery, rock climbing, surfing beach and safe family bathing beach. It is 3 km (2 mi) east of the village on the coast road (See Muckross Head). Curris is also another area worth visiting because of its wonderful views of Sliabh a Liag plus it also has a lovely beach and pier in close proximity.
The GAA pitch at Towney is located 2 kilometres outside the village on the coast road. It is one of the most scenically situated football pitches in Ireland.
About 22% of residents are native Irish speakers.
Bishop Séamus Hegarty is from Kilcar.
Indie rock band The Revs come from Kilcar and often play at the annual Kilcar Festival in August.
Civil parish of Kilcar
The civil parish contains the village of Kilcar.
The civil parish contains the following townlands:
- Bogagh Glebe
- Crowanrudda Beg
- Cuskry Glebe
- Dundawoona Point
- Newchurch Glebe
- Old Church Glebe
- Roxborough Glebe
- Strabinna Lower
- Strabinna Upper
- Straleel Glebe
- Placenames (Ceantair Ghaeltachta) Order 2004.
- "Kilcar". IreAtlas Townlands Database. Retrieved 6 May 2015.
- Coleman, Maureen (7 August 2008). "Sarah Jessica Parker and Matthew Broderick off to Donegal to save marriage". The Belfast Telegraph. Retrieved 7 August 2008.
The glamorous couple – considered one of the strongest pairings in showbiz – regularly visit Kilcar in Donegal, where they own a holiday home.
|Wikimedia Commons has media related to Kilcar.|
- Official Site
- Kilcar Online
- Comhairle Paroiste Chill Charthaigh (Kilcar Parish Council .html Photo of Kilcar village as seen from the ruins of St. Cartha's Church
- Photo of the Kilcar GAA pitch
- Kilcar GAA – CLG Cill Chartha