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Located on the shore of beautiful Lough Swilly, the village of Rathmullan is well known for it’s delightfully unspoiled, three kilometer long, sandy beach. Here in the protected waters of the Lough you can swim, sail, canoe, or windsurf  without any of the swell or currents which you find on the Atlantic coast further north. And, of course, reduced swell brings faster sailing and a more pleasant ride. Yes, Rathmullan is the perfect holiday retreat for the whole family, and now, with the awarding of its “Green Coast Beach Designation”, its excellence has at last been recognized. Whether you are into building sandcastles, or chartering a small fishing boat, Rathmullan can oblige. On the small pontoon next to the ferry ramp, a number of deep-sea angling boats await visitors who wish to explore the further parts of the Lough, or try their luck fishing its waters. 
 
Rathmullan is, of course, a ferry town, and the stunning car-ferry journey from Rathmullan to Buncrana is absolutely delightful. Those 30 minutes out on the still dark waters of the Lough are a treasure as you leave the town behind, and route northwards towards the colour of Buncrana. Mountains and hills slip behind you, and headlands come and go, as the compact diesel powered ferry chugs its way sedately to Buncrana. A magical trip! 
 

MAIN WEBPAGE: https://www.rathmullan.ie/ 

 

FACEBOOK PAGES: Rathmullan Town Facebook Page  and Rathmullan Information 

 

VIDEO & FILM: Rathmullan - YouTube  and  Rathmullan - Vimeo 

 

IMAGES & PICTURES: Rathmullan - Images 

 

INSTAGRAM PAGE: Rathmullan - Instagram Images 

 

TWITTER PAGES: Rathmullan -Twitter Page 

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LOCATION MAPS:  

Google Maps - Rathmullan Location   

Google Maps - Street View 

Townlands.ie - Parish of Killygarvan 

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A FEW INTERESTING WEBPAGES:  

www.facebook.com - Rathmullan your seaside escape 

www.rathmullanhouse.com/ 

www.irelandnorthwest.ie - Rathmullan 

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ACCOMMODATION:  

Rathmullan - www.donegalcottageholidays.com 

Rathmullan.net - www.donegalcottageholidays.com   

Rathmullan - www.rathmullancottages.com 

Rathmullan - Google Search   

Rathmullan - airbnb Search   

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The village of Rathmullan was very famously the point of departure of “The Flight of the Earls”, a heart breaking exile, and a great loss to Ireland in terms of political leadership. In September 1607 a French ship sailed from the town, carrying much of the Irish leadership into exile. On board were Hugh O’Neill, Earl of Tyrone, and Rory O’Donnell, Earl of Tyrconnell, together with more than ninety of their family and followers. The ship was bound for Spain, but fierce storms forced them to disembark in France in early October. Thereafter they made their way to Rome, where they remained in voluntary exile, and where O’Neill died in 1616. 
 
But in spite of the tumult of days gone by, Rathmullan is now a tranquil, almost sleepy, village where locals and visitors watch the sunrise over Lough Swilly in the morning, and take strolls along the beach at twilight. 

HISTORICAL LINKS:   

1834 Tithe Applotmnt Books – Rathmullan Town and Surrounding Townlands   

1858 Griffith Valuation - Rathmullan Town and surrounding Townlands (Page 1 of 3)  

1901 Census Ireland – Rathmullan Town  

1911 Census Ireland – Rathmullan Town  

 

HISTORICAL PHOTOS:  

Rathmullan - www.historicalpicturearchive.com 

Rathmullan - www.google images 

 

Beautiful Photo of Rathmullan, courtesy of Rathmullan Information 

 

Shared on IrelandXO by: S.Callaghan (Kerrykeel) 

Civil Parishes throughout County Donegal (IrelandXO Links)  CLICK HERE 

Website https://www.rathmullan.ie/
Parish(es) Killygarvan (Donegal)
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