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Cill Charthaigh
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
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
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
CountyCounty Donegal
 • Dáil ÉireannDonegal
 • EU ParliamentMidlands–North-West
 • Urban
Irish Grid ReferenceG614763
Cill Charthaigh is the only official name. The anglicised spelling Kilcar has no official status.

Cill Charthaigh (anglicised as Kilcar)[2] is a Gaeltacht village on the R263 regional road in the south west of County Donegal in Ireland. It is also a townland of 233 acres and a civil parish in the historic barony of Banagh.[3]

The village itself consists of a main street with a Catholic church (known locally as 'the Chapel') at one end and two textile factories at the other end. In between there are several shops and four pubs. The village has the principal tweed hand weaving facility in Donegal, with a shop Studio Donegal selling tweed products.[citation needed] Kilcar is also known for its tradition in knitting.[citation needed] There is also a producer of seaweed based cosmetic products.[citation needed]

The primary school is about 750 metres from the Main Street, and the parish of Kilcar stretches to the 'burn' which separates it from the next village, Carrick, which is about 5 kilometres away.

Located close to the Slieve League cliffs, the town is known for the scenic coastal landscapes and the musical and cultural traditions.[citation needed]


Áislann Chill Chartha is a community facility which includes a library, sports hall (basketball and indoor football), a fitness suite, computer centre, and small theatre.[4] It also has exhibits based on the history of South West Donegal and exhibitions of historic local photographs. It is located beside Studio Donegal.

St. Cartha's Pipe Band was formed in Kilcar in 1934. The band competed in their first All Ireland Pipe Band Championships in 2009. At the Malahide piping and drumming festival of the same year, the band finished second in their grade. The bands uniform consists of a saffron kilt and green tunic.

About 22% of residents are native Irish speakers.[citation needed]

Sport and outdoor activities[edit]

Muckros Peninsula, Kilcar

Gaelic football is among the more popular sports in Kilcar, and the GAA pitch at Towney is located 2 kilometres outside the village on the coast road. The local club, C.L.G. Chíll Chartha, have been 6 times Donegal Champions.

In the townland of Muckross (Mucros in Irish), which is a location for tourists due to its scenery, rock climbing, surfing beach and family bathing beach. It is 3 km (2 mi) east of the village on the coast road (See Muckross Head).

Curris also has views of Sliabh a Liag, and has a beach and pier in close proximity.[citation needed]

Notable people[edit]

Civil parish of Kilcar[edit]

The civil parish contains the village of Kilcar.[3]


The civil parish contains the following townlands:[3]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "Census 2016 Sapmap Area: Settlements Cill Charthaigh". Central Statistics Office (Ireland). Retrieved 4 June 2018.
  2. ^ Placenames (Ceantair Ghaeltachta) Order 2004.
  3. ^ a b c "Kilcar". IreAtlas Townlands Database. Retrieved 6 May 2015.
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  5. ^ 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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