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Trying to figure out what is the name of Civil Parish you happen to come from can be confusing enough at times. The reason for this is that these local Parish names are not used so much now within documentation, compared to the various Census Records, Birth, Marriage and Deaths Records that were filled up readily back in the early 1800’s up to the mid to late 1900’s. 

More prominent in the earlier years, local families or individuals that were living in a certain area of the County or perhaps emigrating abroad, readily identified themselves on documentation using a particular Parish name or a Townland name, as this was how the school and the religious systems were generally organised back then. 

These Parishes often ignore the boundaries of Towns and Counties, making them more specific to the local Community. Going back as far as the early 1800’s, emigrants from Ireland usually named the Parish that they lived in as their point of origin, and this means that anyone researching their family history will need to find out these locations when trying to connect their descendants back to a certain part of that County within Ireland.  

To help anyone searching for the correct name of the Civil Parish in Donegal below is a complete list of the Civil Parishes and their map locations throughout the County of Donegal. They are simply displayed below as North-West Donegal, South-West, South-West and North-East Donegal. You can see the name of the Civil Parish on the left (which is a link) followed by the names of the main villages, towns or known features that will help you orientate you to your place of interest.  

Clicking on the links below will bring you directly to the Ireland Reaching Out Parish Page to where you can see all the local information that has been posted up on the Website.  

It is a work in progress but before long each Parish Page within Donegal will hopefully have helpful links added, such as a Parish Location Map and Parish Historical links to help search the various census reports and land records that would be of interest. Fingers crossed this list will help you to connect to your own Parish, and please feel free to add any amount of interesting family or local material to the parish pages, as this will go a long way to help the local community in County Donegal to grow its own global network. 



Clondavaddog     : Fanad & Glenvar. 

Killygarvan     Rathmullan. 

Aughnish     : Ramelton. 

Tullyfern     : Milford & Kerrykeel. 

Kilmacrenan     KilmacrenanTermon & Cranford. 

Mevagh     Downings, Carrigart & Glen. 

Clondahorky     DunfanaghyPortnablagh & Creeslough. 

Raymunterdoney     Falcarragh. 

Tullaghobegly     Gweedore, DerrybegDunlewyGortahork 

Gartan     Churchill & Glenveagh. 

Conwal     Letterkenny Town (& Letterkenny West) 

Aghanunshin     Woodlands, (& Letterkenny North). 

Templecrone : Arranmore IsldBurtonportDungloe & Carrickfinn. 

Inishkeel     FintownGlenties & Maghera. 

Killybegs-Lower   Ardara and surrounding area. 

Lettermacward     Lettermacward. 



Glencolumbkille : Glencolumbkille, Carrick, Malin Beg & Teelin 

Inishkeel     FintownGlenties & Maghera. 

Inver     : Inver, Mouncharles & Frosses. 


Kilcar     Kilcar, Muckross, & Carrick (south). 

Killaghtee     Dunkineely. 

Killybegs Upper     Killybegs Town and area to Southwest. 

Killymard     Bluestack mountains down into Donegal Town. 

Donegal     : Donegal Town (and land area Northeast). 

Drumhome     RossnowlaghBallintra, & Laghy. 

Inishmacsaint     Bundoran Town and Ballyshannon Town. 

Kilbarron Creevy and land NE of Ballyshannon & NW of Belleck. 

Templecarn : Large area surrounding Lough Derg & NW of Pettigo. 



Convoy     Convoy and Drumkeen. 

Conwal     Letterkenny Town (& Letterkenny West) 

Donaghmore     Caslefinn and Killygordan. 

Kilteevoge     Large land area between Ballybofey & Fintown. 

Leck     : Land area south of Letterkenny (Oldtown to Lurgybrack). 

Stranorlar     Stranolar and Ballybofey. 

Urney     Castlederg, Clady and Sion Mills. 

Allsaints     Newtown Cunningham to Killea . 

Clonleigh     : Lifford Town (and land to Northwest). 

Killea     Carrigans up towards but not including Killea. 

Raphoe     Raphoe Town. 

Raymoghy     Manorcunninghan (and land to East). 

Taughboyne     : Saint Johnson (and land to West) 



Clonca     Malin Town (up to Malin Head). 

Clonmany     Clonmany and Ballyliffin. 

Mintiaghs Or Barr Inch   : Area of land directly south of Clonmany . 

Culdaff  Portahack and Culdaff (and land Southeast of). 

Donagh Or Carndonagh  Carndonagh. 

Moville Lower    Greencastle and Moville. 

Moville Upper     Quigleys Point, Redcastle & Moville. 

Muff   : Muff (over to but not including Quigleys Point) 

Burt   Bridgend and Burnfoot. 

Fahan Upper    : Fahan (over to but not including Burnfoot). 

Desertegny    Dunree Fort area. 

Fahan Lower    Buncrana Town (and land to East). 

Inch   Inch Island. 


If for any reason any of the LINKS on the left above fails to open you can use this search box to narrow your options and find your Parish of Interest: IrelandXO Links - Parishes in Co.Donegal . If you would like to find out more about what are Townlands, Parishes, Baronies and the Poor Law Unions, please Click here. 



Location of Parishes in Co.Donegal - (  

Civil Parishes of Co.Donegal - Locations and Heritage Information (John Grenham Site)  



Would you believe there are well over 50 Parishes within the County of Donegal, each having its own Ireland Reaching Out Parish Page. Each of these Parish Pages would love to have more Volunteers to help bring to life the Heritage of the Donegal Community by documenting the People, the Buildings and Timeline Events, and with it enhance the history of the Parish or that of the County of Donegal as a whole.  

If you think you may be interested in adding an Ancestor, Building, or a Historical Timeline Event, it is a very simple process where you only have to  

(1) Sign up as a Member,  

(2) Click on your Parish,  

(3) Click on the desired ADD button, 

(4) Write or transfer the information you have prepared into the given fields and submit.  

Note: It may take a few days for the admin to approve and display it on the Parish page. You can also re-edit it at any time you want. Don’t worry if you do not have a photo for your Ancestor submission, perhaps find a nice vintage Donegal landscape picture online and use this as the profile picture instead. It will look fantastic! 


Helpful VIDEOs showing how to add Chronicle to your Parish:  

How to add an ANCESTOR Chronicles - CLICK HERE 

How to create a BUILDING Chronicle -  CLICK HERE 

How to link an ANCESTOR with a Building (example is a Workhouse) -  CLICK HERE 


If we need more extra help here is a handy Chronicles User Guide – CLICK HERE 


Posted by: Seamus Callaghan (Kerrykeel) 

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Parish(es) Clondavaddog (Donegal) Tullyfern (Donegal) Killygarvan (Donegal) Mevagh (Donegal) Kilmacrenan (Donegal) Aughnish (Donegal) Aghanunshin (Donegal) Tullaghobegly (Donegal) Clondahorky (Donegal) Conwal (Donegal) Gartan (Donegal) Raymunterdoney (Donegal) Clonca (Donegal) Clonmany (Donegal) Culdaff (Donegal) Donagh Or Carndonagh (Donegal) Moville Lower (Donegal) Moville Upper (Donegal) Mintiaghs Or Barr Inch (Donegal) Burt (Donegal) Desertegny (Donegal) Fahan Lower (Donegal) Fahan Upper (Donegal) Inch (Donegal) Muff (Donegal) Allsaints (Donegal) Clonleigh (Donegal) Killea (Donegal) Leck (Donegal) Raphoe (Donegal) Raymoghy (Donegal) Taughboyne (Donegal) Convoy (Donegal) Donaghmore (Donegal) Kilteevoge (Donegal) Stranorlar (Donegal) Urney (Donegal) Donegal (Donegal) Drumhome (Donegal) Inishmacsaint (Donegal) Templecarn (Donegal) Kilbarron (Donegal) Glencolumbkille (Donegal) Inishkeel (Donegal) Inver (Donegal) Kilcar (Donegal) Killaghtee (Donegal) Killybegs Lower (Donegal) Killymard (Donegal) Killybegs Upper (Donegal) Lettermacward (Donegal) Templecrone (Donegal)
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