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Cill Charthaigh
Cill Charthaigh is located in Ireland
Cill Charthaigh
Cill Charthaigh
Location in Ireland
Coordinates: 54°37′57″N 8°35′34″W / 54.632481°N 8.592789°W / 54.632481; -8.592789Coordinates: 54°37′57″N 8°35′34″W / 54.632481°N 8.592789°W / 54.632481; -8.592789
Country Ireland
Province Ulster
County County Donegal
 • Dáil Éireann Donegal South-West
 • EU Parliament North–West
Population (2011)
 • Total 248
Irish Grid Reference G614763
Cill Charthaigh is the only official name. The anglicised spelling Kilcar has no official status.
View from the monastic site at the old church down to the village, looking east. The R263 is to be seen as it leaves Kilcar in direction to Killybegs
Muckros Peninsula, Kilcar

Cill Charthaigh (anglicised as Kilcar)[1] 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.[2]

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 5 kilometers 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.

Notable people[edit]

The American couple Matthew Broderick and Sarah Jessica Parker own a holiday home in the area, and have been regular visitors.[3]

Bishop Séamus Hegarty is from Kilcar.

1992 All-Ireland Senior Football Champions the McHugh brothers, James and Martin, are from Kilcar. Martin is the father of Mark and Ryan.

Indie rock band The Revs come from Kilcar and often play at the annual Kilcar Festival in August.

Donegal superstar Patrick McBrearty is from Kilcar.

Civil parish of Kilcar[edit]

The civil parish contains the village of Kilcar.[2]


The civil parish contains the following townlands:[2]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Placenames (Ceantair Ghaeltachta) Order 2004.
  2. ^ a b c "Kilcar". IreAtlas Townlands Database. Retrieved 6 May 2015. 
  3. ^ 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. 

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