Killygordon

Killygordon[2] (Irish: Cúil na gCuirridín), is a small village in the Finn Valley of east County Donegal, Ireland. As of 2016 the population was 614. It is located on the N15 between Ballybofey and Castlefin. The separate townland of the Crossroads lies half a mile from Killygordon. The River Finn passes by the village on its way towards its confluence with the River Mourne and the River Foyle.[3]

Killygordon

Cúil na gCuirridín
Village
Killygordon, County Donegal - geograph.org.uk - 689388.jpg
Killygordon is located in Ireland
Killygordon
Killygordon
Location in Ireland
Coordinates: 54°48′11″N 7°35′48″W / 54.8030°N 7.5966°W / 54.8030; -7.5966Coordinates: 54°48′11″N 7°35′48″W / 54.8030°N 7.5966°W / 54.8030; -7.5966
CountryIreland
ProvinceUlster
CountyCounty Donegal
Population
 (2016)[1]
 • Total614
Time zoneUTC+0 (WET)
 • Summer (DST)UTC-1 (IST (WEST))

AmenitiesEdit

Killygordon has one pub, St. Patrick's Catholic church at the Crossroads, a Presbyterian church at Liscooley and St. Anne's Church of Ireland at Monellan.

EconomyEdit

The main employer in the area is Donegal Creameries Plc which is based in the nearby village of the Crossroads, a dairy company which supplies fresh milk to all of Donegal. As one of the largest employers in the county, it employs over 100 people and has been in operation since 1989. They sponsor most sports in Donegal including the GAA County team and the Finn Harps FC.[4]

Places of interestEdit

Monellan Castle, situated two miles outside the village, was built during the 18th century, and part of the 35 room dwelling was underground, to be used as a place of safety - if such was required. The castle and its gardens were in proper condition for some time after the Catholic Emancipation Act in 1775,[verification needed] until its demolition in the 1930s - on orders given to the Irish Land Commission from the Government of the day.[5]

 
St Anne's Church of Ireland, Monnellan
 
A picnic site in Killygordon

DemographicsEdit

The population of Greater Killygordon is just over six hundred people. The village and surrounding areas have a large Church of Ireland and Presbyterian minority, however, Roman Catholicism is the main religion practised.

IndustryEdit

Killygordon - Crossroads is home to some major companies including Donegal Creameries, McMenamin Engineering - a steel fabrication company and Mantis Cranes - a crane rental and manufacturer.

 
St. Patrick's Church at the Crossroads, Killygordon

SportEdit

The local Gaelic football team is Aodh Rua (Red Hugh's) and Setanta is the local hurling team. They have separate Gaelic Athletic Association (GAA) grounds and both are located at the Crossroads.

Curragh Athletic Football Club are the local football club, featuring teams from under-10 up to senior mens sides in Curragh Athletic grounds.

Finn Harps F.C. operate an underage academy and training facilities in Crossroads, at the former Curragh Athletic grounds. Three pitches are currently in use with underage boys and girls teams from under-11 up to under-19 making use of the facilities.

EducationEdit

Killygordon has two primary schools: Dromore National School and Killygordon National School. The Crossroads has one primary school, Gleneely National School.

The people of Killygordon get their secondary education either at the Finn Valley College (formally known as Stranorlar Vocational School), St. Columba's College Stranorlar or at the Royal and Prior, Raphoe.[6]

TransportEdit

Killygordon railway station opened in September 1863, but closed on 1 January 1960.[7]

There is a bus service which connects Killygordon with Stranorlar and Strabane. From Stranorlar, there are routes to Letterkenny, Derry, Strabane, Dublin, Sligo and Galway. In Strabane there are Ulsterbus services to Derry, Omagh, and Belfast.

Notable peopleEdit

See alsoEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "Census 2016 Sapmap Area: Settlements Killygordan". Central Statistics Office (Ireland). Retrieved 30 June 2018.
  2. ^ "Cúil na gCuirridín/Killygordon". Placenames Database of Ireland. Government of Ireland - Department of Arts, Heritage and the Gaeltacht and Dublin City University. Retrieved 30 June 2018.
  3. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2011-10-07. Retrieved 2011-10-13.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  4. ^ "Finn Harps Dot Com". www.finnharps.com.
  5. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2011-10-05. Retrieved 2011-10-13.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  6. ^ "St Columba's College, Stranorlar | CEIST - Catholic Education An Irish Schools Trust". www.ceist.ie.
  7. ^ "Castlefinn station" (PDF). Railscot - Irish Railways. Retrieved 2007-09-16.
  8. ^ "Reid, Donal". Hogan Stand. 31 July 1992.

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