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Bun an Phobail
Moville in March 2004
Moville in March 2004
Moville is located in Ireland
Location in Ireland
Coordinates: 55°11′20″N 7°2′26″W / 55.18889°N 7.04056°W / 55.18889; -7.04056Coordinates: 55°11′20″N 7°2′26″W / 55.18889°N 7.04056°W / 55.18889; -7.04056
Country Republic of Ireland
Province Ulster
County County Donegal
Elevation 30 m (100 ft)
Population (2016)[1] 1,480
Time zone UTC+0 (WET)
 • Summer (DST) UTC-1 (IST (WEST))
Irish Grid Reference C648397

Moville (Magh Bhile, "the plain of the sacred tree" in the Irish language[citation needed]) is a coastal town located on the Inishowen Peninsula of County Donegal, Ireland, close to the northern tip of the island of Ireland. It is the first coastal town of the Wild Atlantic Way when starting on the northern end.


The town has a scenic location on the western shore of Lough Foyle, approximately 30 km from Derry, which lies across the border in Northern Ireland. Features include Moville Green, a large seaside park in the Victorian style which features bandstands, walking trails, playgrounds, a coastal footpath and views east across the waters of the lough to Northern Ireland. As a result of its location and proximity to several beaches, Moville receives a volume of visitors and daytrippers in the summer months.[citation needed]


In the second half of the 19th century, Moville was a point of embarkation for travellers, especially emigrants, to Canada and the United States of America. Steamships of the Anchor Line of Glasgow, and others en route from Glasgow to New York City called at Moville to pick up additional passengers. Today, the town receives little maritime traffic; it retains its small fishing harbour, but the important commercial fishing port at Greencastle lies only a few miles away.

The Montgomerys of New Park were a landed family of the town, the ancestors of Field-Marshal Montgomery. When flying over the town in 1947 he commented: "It looks just the same. My dear old Irish home".[2] His grandfather Robert had built Montgomery Terrace in 1884.[3]

An annual regatta is held at Moville every year in August, and has done so since early in the 19th century. In older times[when?] the one-man punt was popular, whereas nowadays the race of the home-made rafts brings competitors from many counties and attracts spectators.[citation needed]

Europe's biggest festival of Bob Dylan music,[citation needed] Stuck Inside of Moville, the DylanFest on the Lough takes place in Moville every year as well as Ireland's only annual festival of Beatles music the BeatlesFest on the Lough which take place on consecutive weekends at the end of August.[citation needed]

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  1. ^ "Census 2016 Sapmap Area: Settlements Moville". Central Statistics Office (Ireland). Retrieved 2018-06-11.
  2. ^ "Notes on the 1947 visit". Archived from the original on 2012-03-25. Retrieved 2012-09-02.
  3. ^ NE Inishowen Company. "Black and White Postcards Moville Inishowen Co Donegal". Archived from the original on 25 March 2012.
  4. ^ Hamilton, J. A.; Penner, Peter (rev.) (2004). "Montgomery, Sir Robert (1809–1887)". Oxford Dictionary of National Biography (online ed.). Oxford University Press. doi:10.1093/ref:odnb/19075. (Subscription or UK public library membership required.)
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  7. ^ "Parish History". Moville Parish, Derry Diocese, Ireland. Retrieved 2015-03-09.