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Cloughaneely (officially known by its Irish language name, Cloich Cheann Fhaola)[1] is a district in the west of County Donegal, Ireland. This is a mainly coastal area with a population of over 4,000 centred on the towns of Falcarragh (An Fál Carrach) and Gortahork (Gort an Choirce). It is a Gaeltacht area, meaning the Irish language is spoken as the primary language.[2] Cloughaneely includes the secondary school Pobalscoil Chloich Cheannfhaola, with just under 500 students. Places of interest include Cnoc na Naomh, considered to be a mountain with religious significance.[3] Cloughaneely, The Rosses (Na Rosa) and Gweedore (Gaoth Dobhair), known locally as "the three parishes" with 16,000 Irish speakers, together form a social and cultural region different from the rest of the county, with Gweedore serving as the main centre for industry.[4]

Cloch Cheann Fhaola

Cloughaneely
Parish
Machaire Rabhartaigh beach in Cloughaneely
Machaire Rabhartaigh beach in Cloughaneely
Cloch Cheann Fhaola is located in Ireland
Cloch Cheann Fhaola
Cloch Cheann Fhaola
Location in Ireland
Coordinates: 55°07′30″N 9°07′30″W / 55.12500°N 9.12500°W / 55.12500; -9.12500Coordinates: 55°07′30″N 9°07′30″W / 55.12500°N 9.12500°W / 55.12500; -9.12500
CountryIreland
ProvinceUlster
CountyCounty Donegal
Government
 • Dáil ÉireannDonegal
 • EU ParliamentMidlands–North-West
Population
 (2003)
 • Total4,000
Time zoneUTC+0 (WET)
 • Summer (DST)UTC-1 (IST (WEST))
Area code(s)074 95, +000 353 74 95
Irish Grid ReferenceB847228
A sign indicating the beginning of Cloughaneely

Irish languageEdit

There are 2 EDs Electoral Divisions in the area:

  1. Gort a Choirce (1,599) (81%)
  2. Na Croisbhealai (2,168) (44%)

EtymologyEdit

The name Cloich Cheann Fhaola (also written Cloich Chionnaola, meaning "the Stone of Feeley's Head") comes from a story which tells of the killing of McFeeley. The story says that Balor of the Evil Eye beheaded him on a rock because he had stolen the Cow of Plenty that balor had on the island of Toraigh (tory island) from Balor's grasp and brought it back to the mainland .

 
A scenic view of Machaire Rabhartaigh strand and Muckish mountain, Cloughaneely

Townlands in CloughaneelyEdit

  • Ballyness (Baile an Easa)
  • Ballingat (Baile an Gheata)
  • Ballyconnell (Baile Chonaill)
  • Ballytemple (Baile an Teampaill)
  • Caoldroim Íochtarach (Lower Keeldrum)
  • Caoldrum lar (Middle Keeldrum)
  • Caoldrum Thuas ( Upper Keeldrum)
  • Derryconnor (Doire Chonaire)
  • Falcarragh (An Fál Carrach)
  • Gortahork (Gort an Choirce)
  • Killult (Cill Ulta)
  • Magheroarty (Machaire Rabhartaigh)
  • Meenlaragh (Mín Lárach)
  • An Sruthán Riach

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Notable peopleEdit

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