Muff, County Donegal

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Muff

Magh
Village
Welcome to Muff.jpg
Muff is located in Ireland
Muff
Muff
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
CountryIreland
ProvinceUlster
CountyCounty Donegal
Government
 • Dáil ÉireannDonegal
 • EU ParliamentMidlands–North-West
Population
 (2016)[1]
 • Urban
1,226
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.

The village has a primary school, Scoil Naomh Bríd, which has slightly over 200 students enrolled. It is a co-educational primary school under the patronage of the Roman Catholic Bishop of Derry. The staff comprises an administrative principal, eight mainstream class teachers and three special education teachers (SETs), one of whom is shared with another school.

Sport and Recreation[edit]

The local association football team is called Quigley's Point Swifts.[4] The club was formed in 1975. In 1985 they then joined the Derry & District League (D&D). In the nineties the club developed its reserve teams and several underage squads.

The Local Gaelic football club, Naomh Padraig was founded on the 16th of February 1989. It has developed a pitch and clubhouse and competes at underage levels as well as Donegal’s all county league divisions.

People[edit]

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

See also[edit]

Further reading[edit]

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

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