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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

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
CountyCounty Donegal
 • Dáil ÉireannDonegal
 • EU ParliamentMidlands–North-West
 • 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%)


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


Notable peopleEdit

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