Raphoe (County Donegal)
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Welcome to Raphoe.
You are very welcome to the Ireland Reaching Out parish of Raphoe
Raphoe is a town in County Donegal, Ireland. It is the main town in the fertile district of East Donegal known as the Laggan, as well as giving its name to the Roman Catholic Diocese of Raphoe and the Church of Ireland (or Anglican) Diocese of Derry and Raphoe.Raphoe, historically Raffoe, comes from the Irish Rath Bhoth, which is made up of the words rath (fort) and both (hut). This likely refers to clay and wattle huts surrounded with a strong fortified mound. It is believed these huts were built by monks in the early Christian Periiod.
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.
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Ba mhaith liom ta go maith ar do thuras na fionnachtana, I wish you well on your journey of
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