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An Lathaigh
Laghey Church of Ireland
Laghey is located in Ireland
Location in Ireland
Coordinates: 54°37′00″N 8°05′15″W / 54.616667°N 8.087461°W / 54.616667; -8.087461Coordinates: 54°37′00″N 8°05′15″W / 54.616667°N 8.087461°W / 54.616667; -8.087461
Country Ireland
Province Ulster
County County Donegal
 • Dáil Éireann Donegal South-West
Population (2011)[1]
 • Total 197
Area code(s) +353 74
Irish Grid Reference G939748

Laghey or Laghy (Irish: An Lathaigh)[2] is a small village in County Donegal, Ireland, between Ballintra and Donegal Town. Laghy is one of three villages that makes up the parish of Drumholm, formerly a civil and Church of Ireland parish, now only used as a division of the Roman Catholic Diocese of Raphoe. The village has a quarry, a supermarket, garden centre, filling station, two public houses, a church with a graveyard, an Orange Order hall, a recycling centre, a Donegal County Council yard and salt depot, and a national school (St Eunan's NS). Laghy is also near two of the most scenic beaches in Ireland, namely Rossnowlagh and Murvagh. Murvagh is also the home to the Donegal Golf Club. Julie McGirr is currently the reigning queen of Laghey. She can be contacted through her secretary Chloe Mullen or her assistant Amy McCrea


Seven Arches Bridge, Laghy, Co. Donegal 5 June 2005

The best known landmarks in this village are The Seven Arches Bridge at the bottom of the main street, and the signpost within the village that says Laghey is 1 km away.


Rail transport[edit]

Laghey railway station opened on 1 September 1905, shut for goods traffic on 15 December 1947 and shut altogether on 1 January 1960.[3] The station was part of the County Donegal Railways Joint Committee network.

Bus transport[edit]

On Saturdays Laghey is served by Bus Éireann route 480.[4] On Sundays the village is served by McGeehan Coaches-Bus Éireann Expressway route 30 providing one journey in each direction to/from Dublin via Enniskillen and Cavan.[5]


St Eunan's National School (Irish: Scoil Náisiúnta Naomh Adhamhnáin) is the only school remaining in the village. It is a Catholic primary school, one of two in the parish of Drumholm, under the patronage of the Bishop of Raphoe, currently Dr Philip Boyce, and is named after Saint Eunan, one of the two patron saints of the diocese. The school was built in the first half of the twentieth century and is in the design of many others built across the country at this time.

The original school had two class rooms, while an extension, which opened in 1992, added a further two to the west end of the existing building, at this point it was and still remains the only school in the village. The school is directly adjacent to the main N15 Sligo to Letterkenny road, which also cuts the school off from the main part of the village. Because of this, when the village was being by-passed for the upgrading of the route, a tunnel had to be constructed to allow those living to the east of the road in the main part of the village to access the school safely.[6]

The current principal is Pauric Daly.

Secondary education is provided by the Abbey Vocational School in Donegal Town, while a small number attend Colaiste Cholmcille in Ballyshannon.


  • The local G.A.A. club is called Naomh Bríd (club also includes Ballintra).
  • The local Soccer club is called Copany Rovers F.C.(club also includes Ballintra).

Notable people[edit]

Kelly Mc Grory

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "Table 12 - Alphabetical list of Towns with their population, 2002 and 2006" (PDF). Census 2006, Volume 1 - Population Classified by Area. Central Statistics Office. 2007-04-26. pp. 135–146. Archived from the original (PDF) on 2011-06-07. Retrieved 2008-02-27. 
  2. ^ Placenames Database of Ireland: Laghy/An Lathaigh
  3. ^ "Laghy station" (PDF). Railscot - Irish Railways. Retrieved 2007-10-28. 
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  6. ^ Trimble, Rev. Canon T.H.. The Legacy that is Laghey Community and Church

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