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Ráth Maoláin
Rathmullan is located in Ireland
Location in Ireland
Coordinates: 55°06′00″N 7°32′00″W / 55.1°N 7.533333°W / 55.1; -7.533333Coordinates: 55°06′00″N 7°32′00″W / 55.1°N 7.533333°W / 55.1; -7.533333
Country Ireland
Province Ulster
County County Donegal
 • Dáil Éireann Donegal North-East
 • Total 518
Time zone WET (UTC+0)
 • Summer (DST) IST (WEST) (UTC-1)
Irish Grid Reference C295275

Rathmullan (Irish: Ráth Maoláin, meaning "Maoláin's ringfort") is a small seaside village on the Fanad Peninsula in County Donegal, Ireland. It is situated on the western shore of Lough Swilly, 11 km north-east of Ramelton and 12 km east of Milford. Rathmullan serves as an important historical village as it was the scene of the Flight of the Earls in 1607, a major turning point in Irish history.

Places of Interest[edit]

There are also the ruins ol Carmelite Friary in Rathmullan which was built by Eoghan Rua MacSweeney in 1516. The Friary was sacked by the English garrison from Sligo in 1595. In 1607, Rathmullan was also said to have seen the last of the Gaelic Order, most notably the Clan Ó Néill and the Clan Ó Domhnaill, during the Flight of the Earls to the Continent. This 'flight' took place from Portnamurray on the southern edge of the town. In 1617 the Friary was occupied by the Protestant Bishop of Raphoe, The Rt. Rev. Dr. Andrew Knox, Bishop of Rathoe who turned it into a fortified house in anticipation of a possible French invasion during the Napoleonic Wars. This battery still stands and today serves as a heritage centre.


Facilities in Rathmullan include 1 shop, a resource centre, and also includes hotels such as Rathmullan House, Fort Royal(closed down 2015) and the Water's Edge now closed.

Lough Swilly Deep Sea Fishing Festival[edit]

The sea is a large part of the lives of the people of Rathmullan and Lough Swilly Deep Sea Fishing Festival held in June is evidence of this. The 2007 festival took place on Sat, June 2, and Sun, June 3.

A view of Rathmullen.

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