Culdaff (County Donegal)

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The 1821-1851 census returns were almost destroyed in a fire, the 1861-1891 census returns were destroyed by the Government. The 1901-1911 census returns are available on line free of charge on line on the National Archives of Ireland website.


Welcome To Culdaff.

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Culdaff Main Street

Culdaff Bay

Culdaff (Irish: Cail Dabhcha) is a village on the Inishowen peninsula of County Donegal, Ireland. Popular for its beach and housing, it attracts people from all over Ireland. It has a population of approximately 200 people.

The present village dates back to the 8th century and was originally the site of the monastery of St Buadan which the Church of Ireland is named. William Lawson Micks and Samuel Arnold Lawson, acted as Trustees for one hundred acres of bogland at Meenawarra near Culdaff on behalf of the purchaser, Jane Leferre.

Culdaff beach is only about 50 yards away from the village. It includes two beaches, 'the small beach' and 'the big beach'. The beach can be very busy during the summer, and is known for the expansive sand on the main beach, and a large area of rocks around the second and further along the coastline.

One of the biggest events for Culdaff beach is the New Years Swim. People celebrate the new year by running into the ice cold water wearing just swimming gear.

The Bunagee Pier is the mooring for two boats that take anglers out to fish, the Barracuda and the Gemini. The fish caught offshore include White Pollock, Black Pollock, Plaice, Rock Salmon, Sea Trout, Salmon. Shell Fish include Brown Crab, Lobster, Green Crab, and Velvet Crab


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