Bruckless (Irish: An Bhroclais, meaning 'badger's den')[1] is a tiny village in southwest County Donegal, Ireland, with a population of around 69.[citation needed] It lies on the N56 national secondary road which links it to Donegal Town 20 km east and to Killybegs 7 km west. The village overlooks McSwyne's Bay, an inlet in Donegal Bay. Bruckless is part of the Roman Catholic parish of Killaghtee and the diocese of Raphoe. In the Church of Ireland, it is covered by the parish of Inver and the diocese of Derry and Raphoe.

An Bhroclais
Round tower - Bruckless
Round tower - Bruckless
Bruckless is located in Ireland
Location in Ireland
Coordinates: 54°38′N 8°23′W / 54.64°N 8.38°W / 54.64; -8.38
CountyCounty Donegal
 • Dáil ÉireannDonegal
Time zoneUTC+0 (WET)
 • Summer (DST)UTC-1 (IST (WEST))
Area code(s)074, +000 353 74
Irish Grid ReferenceG711767
Round tower and church, Bruckless

The parish church, the Church of Saints Joseph and Conal, is noted for its round tower and there are numerous archaeological artifacts in the area, including early Christian cross slabs. The village pub is called Mary Murrins, and the village also has a small shop. The village has close ties with neighbouring Dunkineely.[citation needed]

Bruckless railway station opened on 18 October 1893 on the Donegal Railway Company line from Donegal Town to Killybegs. It closed on 1 January 1960.[2]

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  1. ^ "An Bhroclais/Bruckless". Placenames Database of Ireland ( Retrieved 22 February 2022.
  2. ^ "Bruckless station" (PDF). Railscot - Irish Railways. Retrieved 27 April 2012.