Ballintra (Irish: Baile an tSratha) is a village in the parish of Drumholm in the south of County Donegal, Ireland, just off the N15 between Donegal town and Ballyshannon. Ballintra lies on the northern bank of the Blackwater river. (The river is sometimes referred to as Ballintra River).[2] The river rises in the hills that lie inland from the town, and flows through a number of small lakes before spilling over a small waterfall in a gorge behind the village.[citation needed]


Baile an tSratha
Ballintra is located in Ireland
Location in Ireland
Coordinates: 54°34′30″N 8°07′24″W / 54.5749°N 8.1234°W / 54.5749; -8.1234Coordinates: 54°34′30″N 8°07′24″W / 54.5749°N 8.1234°W / 54.5749; -8.1234
CountyCounty Donegal
Time zoneUTC+0 (WET)
 • Summer (DST)UTC-1 (IST (WEST))
Irish Grid ReferenceG917700

The Irish meaning of Ballintra Baile an tSratha, means town beside the beach, and the village is situated close to Rossnowlagh and Murvagh beaches.

The village is situated in a limestone area, and there are a number of quarries in the area.[3]


Ballintra has one public house, a grocery store, a takeaway, a hairdresser, two primary schools (St. Ernan's NS and The Robertson NS),[4] and three churches (Methodist, Church of Ireland, and Roman Catholic).[5][6][7]


The Ballintra Races is an annual horse race run on a field close to the nearby Murvagh beach.[8] Proceeds from the event go to support amenities in the area.[9]

The local G.A.A. club is called Naomh Bríd (club also includes Laghey).[10] And the local Soccer club is called Copany Rovers (club also includes Laghey).


Ballintra railway station opened on 21 September 1905, but finally closed on 1 January 1960.[11] The station was on the County Donegal Railways Joint Committee network.


Ballintra Roman Catholic church

Decline of the Irish languageEdit

The 1911 census records only a handful of people in Ballintra who were Irish speakers.[citation needed] In his paper "Irish Speaking in the Pre-famine Period", Dr. Garret Fitzgerald remarks that "near Ballintra the language seems to have disappeared by the time of the Famine. Around Ballyshannon it also seems to have been almost extinct".[12] As late as 1960 up to a few dozen native Irish speakers remained in Tamhnach a' Mhullaigh (Grassy upland). The Irish scholar and campaigner Máirtín Ó Cadhain visited the area in 1957 to record folklore stores in Irish from a family in the area.[citation needed]


In the 1970s Donegal County Council built a small number of social housing units just off the Main Street on the Forge Road. A number of phases followed in which an additional twenty houses were added. A further change was the bypass of the village in the early 1980s.[citation needed]


See alsoEdit


  1. ^ "Census 2016 Sapmap Area: Settlements Ballintra". Central Statistics Office (Ireland). Retrieved 4 June 2018.
  2. ^ "Abhainn Bhaile an tSratha / Ballintra River". Irish Placenames Commission. Retrieved 26 October 2018.
  3. ^ "Report on Ballintra cSAC (candidate Special Area of Conservation)" (PDF). National Parks and Wildlife Service. 2006. Retrieved 26 October 2018.
  4. ^ "Robertson National School website". Robertson NS. Retrieved 26 October 2018.
  5. ^ "Ballintra Methodist Church". National Inventory of Architectural Heritage. Retrieved 26 October 2018.
  6. ^ "Ballintra Church of Ireland". National Inventory of Architectural Heritage. Retrieved 26 October 2018.
  7. ^ "St. Bridget's Catholic Church". National Inventory of Architectural Heritage. Retrieved 26 October 2018.
  8. ^ "Fantastic day of racing on the cards at the Ballintra Races". Donegal Democrat. 6 August 2017. Retrieved 26 October 2018.
  9. ^ "Ballintra / Laghey Notes". Donegal Democrat. 23 July 2009. Archived from the original on 1 August 2012.
  10. ^ "Naomh Bríd Club Location". Naomh Bríd GAA Club. Archived from the original on 16 September 2018. Retrieved 26 October 2018.
  11. ^ "Ballintra station" (PDF). Railscot - Irish Railways. Archived (PDF) from the original on 26 September 2007. Retrieved 10 September 2007.
  12. ^ Fitzgerald, Garret (2003). "Irish-Speaking in the Pre-Famine Period: A Study Based on the 1911 Census Data for People Born before 1851 and Still Alive in 1911". Proceedings of the Royal Irish Academy: Archaeology, Culture, History, Literature. 103C (5): 191–283. JSTOR 25506198.
  13. ^ "St Asicus". Elphin Diocese. Retrieved 26 October 2018.
  14. ^ "Obituary: The Rev Leonard Boyle". The Independent. 2 November 1999. Retrieved 26 October 2018.
  15. ^ "Gallagher, Matt". Hogan Stand. 17 July 1992. Retrieved 20 February 2019.
  16. ^ "Membership Database - Thomas Howard Morrow (1888 - 1971)". Parliament of New South Wales. Retrieved 26 October 2018.
  17. ^ "Donegal Players Profile". The Kerryman. Independent News & Media. 17 September 2014 – via David Walsh [,] The Ballintra native, who was once on Luton Town's books, first appeared for Donegal as a 25-year-old