Kincasslagh is a small village located by the sea in one of the most  beautiful and scenic regions of Ireland, the Rosses in North West Donegal.

Its name is Irish explains its situation, Ceann, head, Caslach, of the anchorage.

It once had several well provided shops, a pub and a Post Office.  Now it has only one shop, The Cope, run by Geraldine Bonner and the pub, once run by Pa Logue who lives beside the bridge but now run by Iggy and Ann Murray, aided and abetted by Mary Boyle from Mullaghderg but now living in Belcruit.  

  Ann is originally from Bundoran and Iggy from Kilcar.

It is a small bar but the welcome is big!

The Cope Iggy's The Post Office

Within easy reach, we have the Viking House, where Pauline will have the red carpet out for you and the Country Inn where Michael O'Donnell of the Eilt and his daughter Dymphna will have a Large turf fire burning!

Beaches

Nearby we have wonderful beaches - just beside the village is a large tidal strand, wonderful for walks when the tide is out.  One can walk to the bottom of Cruit Island and/or under Cruit Bridge to Keadue, Inishinny and Cloghlass.  On the road to Annagry, turn left at the Gaelic football field over the cattle grid to arrive at Mullaghderg Beach, a fabulous stretch of sand manufactured by the Atlantic breakers from red Donegal granite.  Continue to the airport - yes, we have an Airport with two flights a day to and from Dublin and twice a week to and from Prestwick - and park just beyond it.  A peep over the sand dunes will reveal a mile of pristine white sand which usually you can have to yourself to enjoy in the company of a bracing Atlantic breeze.  Walk further on to discover several other small beaches.                           

Carrickfinn Beach Mullaghderg Beach

Golf

Wanna play golf? We have one of the most beautiful and challenging golf courses in the world, that's right in the world, overlooking Arranmore Island, Owey Island and the wild Atlantic.  Beat that!

Cruit Island Club House

Sea coast and islands

Like the sea?  Here you cannot miss it. At night the looms of the lighthouses of Arranmore and Tory light up the sky.  Islands abound - Owey, Arranmore, Gola, Inishmeane, Inishoirthear, with InnishBoffin and Tory farther afield.  Get on a boat to see remarkable sea cliffs, sea stacks and arches, as well as sea animals and birds - seals, sharks, puffins, guillimots and so on.

Fishing

Enjoy lake, river or sea fishing in the vicinity.

We have several lakes with brown trout within easy reach - Kincasslagh, Mullaghderg, Waskell, Nawaugh, Atercan, Nagreagh, Nafulanrany, to name a few.

We have salmon rivers within easy reach, the Gweebarra and the Clady.

The sea is full of mackerel, pollock, wrasse, ling and other species.  Fish from a boat or off the rocks.

click for charter boat

Landscapes

Look at the landscape - small patches of land among the rocks. 

How did people arrive here in the first place an how did they survive?

The main providers were small areas of tillage that provided the staple crops of potatoes and vegetables, and just enough grazing for one cow and a few hens.  There were no ploughs here - all tillage was done with a Donegal spade, ie one with a fist on it - and a Rosses man could turn half an acre with a spade in one day.  Potatoes were set in lazybeds, not drills  and you can see their tracks in the landscape to this day.  Hay was cut with scythes.

A major contribution to survival in this harsh environment was the existence of large areas of blanket bog, so that people could cut and save their own turf.  Every family had a plot and turf remains an important fuel in the Rosses today - you can watch the peat smoke rising from the chimneys and smell it in the clear air.

Inland there are miles and miles of bog and mountains, wonderful for walking and cycling, with small roads and little or no traffic.

Writers and music

Whatever is in the air the beautiful but harsh environment has produced many famous writers and musicians.

Peadar O'Donnell was born in Meenmore near Dungloe.

We have adopted Brian Friel from Derry, as one of our own - he lives just down the road. 

As does Edna O'Brien.

In the Irish language, we have Niall O'Domhnaill from Loughanure and the O'Grianna brothers, Seamus and Joe, from Rann na Feirste.  Other writers in Irish include Tadhg O'Rabhartaigh from Loughanure and Padraig O'Cnaimhsi from Meenmore.

As regards music, we have our own, Daniel O'Donnell and Margo, who were born and reared a stone's throw from Iggy's. 

Over the road are Clannad and Enya, with Goats Don't Shave from Burtonport.

As for sean-nos, we have Connie Mhary Mhici from Rannafast, and also from Rannafast Neddy Mhary Hughie who now lives in Keadue. 

The renowned traditional fiddle player Stephen Campbell lives in Belcruit and guitarist Ian Smith in Keadue.

Our message to you: We may be only a small Village but we have a great community with a big heart, why don't you come and enjoy Kincasslagh and its people, there's a warm welcome waiting for you!

TEXT BY KEVIN BONNER

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