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Cill Mhic nÉanáin
Kilmacrennan village
Kilmacrennan village
Kilmacrennan is located in Ireland
Location in Ireland
Coordinates: 55°01′47″N 7°46′43″W / 55.029744°N 7.778664°W / 55.029744; -7.778664Coordinates: 55°01′47″N 7°46′43″W / 55.029744°N 7.778664°W / 55.029744; -7.778664
CountyCounty Donegal
 • Dáil ÉireannDonegal
 • Total753
Time zoneUTC+0 (WET)
 • Summer (DST)UTC-1 (IST (WEST))
Irish Grid ReferenceC166178
The crossroads on Kilmacrennan main street

Kilmacrennan[2] (Irish: Cill Mhic nÉanáin or Cill Mhic Réanáin)[3] is a small village in County Donegal, Ireland. The village population was 753, as of the 2016 census.[1] The village's population has increased steadily over the last decade[when?] with many new housing developments catering, in particular, for overspill population from Letterkenny. Kilmacrennan was historically the caput of its eponymous Barony of Kilmacrennan, of the eight Baronies of Donegal.

The Battle of Kilmacrennan was fought near the village in 1608 during O'Doherty's Rebellion.


Kilmacrennan lies on the N56 10 km northwest of Letterkenny, which is the largest town in County Donegal. The village's name 'Cill Mhic nEanain' means 'the church of the sons of Eanan'.

Two rivers flow through the village, the Lennon and the Lurgy. Traditionally, the river Lennon was renowned for salmon fishing; however, the salmon numbers have dropped dramatically in recent years. Most anglers blame pollution for this. The salmon and trout population is slowly increasing but will take a number of years for it to reach its old level.


A 1916 Remembrance Garden was opened to the public in 2016 to mark the centenary of the Easter Rising. There are three churches: a Catholic church and the Church of St Finian and St Mark Church of Ireland in the village itself, as well as a Presbyterian Church in the townland of Leiter about 3 km away. Kilmacrennan national school is also located beside the Catholic church. It has approximately 185 pupils. It opened in 2008. The old national school is across the road which opened in 1935 until 2008.


North West Aluminium manufacture and produce a large range of aluminium & pvc roofline trims. They won the Donegal County Enterprise 'Business of the year' award in 2008.[citation needed]


Kilmacrennan has a soccer club called Kilmacrennan Celtic, founded in 1977 and formerly known as Lurgy Celtic. They have a senior and reserve team in the Donegal League and also have underage teams from u-8 level to u-18 level.

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  1. ^ a b "Census 2016 Sapmap Area: Settlements Kilmacrennan". Central Statistics Office (Ireland). Retrieved 6 June 2018.
  2. ^ Official spelling used by, among others, Kilmacrennan School, Raphoe Diocese's Parish of Kilmacrennan Archived 2013-10-29 at the Wayback Machine, Kilmacrennan Celtic Football Club.
  3. ^ Bunachar Logainmneacha na hÉireann/Placenames Database of Ireland
  4. ^ "Sadness across Donegal at death of renowned politician Bernard McGlinchey". Donegal Daily. 11 April 2013. Retrieved 11 April 2013.
  5. ^ "Councillor John O'Donnell charged with assault". RTÉ News. 25 July 2016. Archived from the original on 27 May 2017.