Townawilly is a parish in the Roman Catholic Diocese of Raphoe in County Donegal, Ireland. Townawilly parish is situated near Donegal Town. The spelling of this placename can also be found as 'Tawnawully', after the Irish 'Tamhnach 'a Mhullaigh'.
The Commissioners of Education in their 1848 report mention that they had built a 'substantial' school in Townawilly.
In 1858 the Commissioners reported that pupils attending the school got little educational benefit as the master could not speak Irish, while the junior classes could not speak English. The total number on the roll was 87. All were free students and only three were non-Catholic.
- Report of Her Majesty's Commissioners Appointed to Inquire into the Endowments, Funds and Actual Condition of all Schools Endowed for the Purposes of Education in Ireland, 1858