Muff, County Donegal

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Muff is located in Ireland
Location in Ireland
Coordinates: 55°04′03″N 7°16′09″W / 55.067586°N 7.26903°W / 55.067586; -7.26903Coordinates: 55°04′03″N 7°16′09″W / 55.067586°N 7.26903°W / 55.067586; -7.26903
CountyCounty Donegal
 • Dáil ÉireannDonegal
 • EU ParliamentMidlands–North-West
 • Urban
Time zoneUTC+0 (WET)
 • Summer (DST)UTC-1 (IST (WEST))

Muff (from Irish: Magh)[2] is a village in County Donegal, Ireland. It is near the mouth of the River Foyle (where it flows into Lough Foyle) and sits at the border between the Republic of Ireland and Northern Ireland. The village of Culmore and the city of Derry are to the south. Muff has experienced significant growth in population during the last decade as people from Northern Ireland migrate across the border.

Each summer, usually during the first week in August, the village celebrates Muff Festival;[3] which includes céilithe, competitions, street parties, parades, amusements, night-time entertainment, and live performances.

The village is significant politically and geographically as one of the most northerly border crossing points between the Republic of Ireland and Northern Ireland.

Sport and Recreation[edit]

The local association football team is called Quigley's Point Swifts.[4]

Local Gaelic football club, Naomh Padraig, has recently developed a new pitch and a new clubhouse.

The two clubs have just recently pioneered a new game of football as a charity fund-raiser after an accident to a member of the local community, which involved playing one half of the game with Gaelic football rules and one half with association football rules.

The town also hosts one of Ireland's oldest diving clubs, the Muff Diving Club.[5]

The August Bank holiday weekend sees everyone come out to take part in the annual 'Muff Festival'. Each year a new Mayor is elected, currently, the Mayor of Muff is Cathal Doherty.


Playwright Brian Friel was a resident of the village for some time.

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Further reading[edit]

  • Sean Beattie (2004). Donegal. Sutton: Printing Press. ISBN 0-7509-3825-0.(Ireland in Old Photographs series)