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Tamhnach an tSalainn
Mountcharles is located in Ireland
Location in Ireland
Coordinates: 54°39′N 8°12′W / 54.650°N 8.200°W / 54.650; -8.200Coordinates: 54°39′N 8°12′W / 54.650°N 8.200°W / 54.650; -8.200
Country Ireland
Province Ulster
County County Donegal
 • Dáil Éireann Donegal South–West
 • Total 468

Mountcharles (Irish: Tamhnach an tSalainn, meaning "The salt mountain field")[1][2][3] is a townland (of 650 acres) and a village in County Donegal, Ireland. It lies 6 km from Donegal town on the Killybegs road. It is situated in the civil parish of Inver and the historic barony of Banagh.[4]

Name and history[edit]

The area was originally known as Tamhnach an tSalainn (meaning "The salt mountain field"). This refers to a salt mine in the area which local people worked in, and at an growing rate, as the salt extraction rate was increased by the incoming family of Charles Conyngham.[5] The name was later anglicized as Tawnaghtallan and Tawnytallan.[1]

The English name for the village owes its origin to the Scottish plantation runner, Charles Conyngham, who arrived in Donegal during the Plantation of Ulster and asserted a landlord control over the area, renaming the region Mount Charles after himself.[6] He is the ancestor of the current "Lord" Henry Conyngham (frequently, if inaccurately, known as 'Lord Henry Mountcharles') of Slane Castle, County Meath. Charles Conyngham financed the building of the village in the 17th century. The Conyngham estate and its large estate house (Hall Demesne), close to the village, are now unoccupied. The courtesy title of the heir apparent of The Marquess Conyngham is Earl of Mount Charles, being named after the village.

The villages's English language name is usually pronounced locally as Mount-charr-liss.[citation needed]


Mountcharles is the site of a suspected case of Ebola virus disease, one of the deadliest known to humanity. In August 2014, the body of a man in his forties was discovered there.[7] The man had been working in Sierra Leone.[8]


Mountcharles railway station opened on 18 August 1893 and shut on 1 January 1960.[9]

Notable people[edit]

Shops and pubs[edit]

Mountcharles has two shops: one on the Main Street the other on the Upper Main Street. There are three pubs: two on the Main Street, while the other is on Upper Main Street. The Village Tavern on the Main Street has been voted pub and restaurant of the year in 2003 and 2004.


Montcharles has a Gaelic games pitch that belongs to the local club St Naul's (or Naomh Naile in the Irish language); nearby is Eany Celtic F.C.

See also[edit]


  1. ^ a b Placenames Database of Ireland: Mountcharles/Tamhnach an tSalainn
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  3. ^ ""Tamhnach" translation in Irish English Dictionary Foclóir.". 
  4. ^ "Mountcharles". IreAtlas Townlands Database. Retrieved 6 May 2015. 
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  7. ^ "Ebola outbreak: Suspected case in County Donegal". BBC News. 21 August 2014. Retrieved 21 August 2014. 
  8. ^ Edwards, Elaine; Wall, Martin (21 August 2014). "Tests under way for Ebola following Donegal death: Man who died had been working in an area of Africa affected by the virus outbreak". The Irish Times. Retrieved 21 August 2014. The disease is one of the deadliest known to humanity. It has no proven cure and there is no vaccine. The rigorous use of quarantine is needed to prevent its spread, as well as high standards of hygiene for anyone who might come into contact with it. 
  9. ^ "Mountcharles station" (PDF). Railscot - Irish Railways. Retrieved 18 November 2007. 
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