Carndonagh can be described as the “Hub” of Inishowen.
It is the site of the Donagh Cross (or St. Patrick’s Cross), believed to date back to the 7th century. The name, Carn Domhnach, means “the cairn or mound of the church”.
The town is built around the diamond and is dominated by the Church of the Sacred Heart built in 1945 which towers above the town centre and diamond where four roads from the main compass points meet. Stone Masons from all over Ireland worked on this church. The Church of Ireland stands a short distance away on the site of the church founded by St Patrick.
It is a market town which is serviced by locally owned bus companies (Local Link) and boasts fine restaurants and pubs. It also has an excellent choice of supermarkets, banks, and a wide variety of smaller retail outlets. The town also has a first class recycling centre, Public Services Centre, library, and the Inishowen Development Partnership.
There are Fifty Community Groups in Carndonagh.
The town has a population of 2469 people.
Carndonagh has many first class attractions on its doorstep. It is steeped in Heritage and history. In our immediate catchment area we have Doagh Famine Village one of Ireland’s most popular attractions, The Blue Flag Beach at Culdaff, Malin Head and the fantastic scenery all around the peninsula to name but a few of the attractions which makes it a first class destination in every way. This makes Carndonagh the “Hub of Inishowen” and the most enterprising town in Ireland.