County Donegal Ireland Facts
County Donegal Ireland Facts tell us the population of the county was 161,137 according to the 2011 census.
In terms of size and area, it is the largest county in Ulster and the fourth largest county in all of Ireland. Uniquely, County Donegal shares a border with only one other county in the Republic of Ireland – County Leitrim.
The greater part of its land border is shared with three counties of Northern Ireland: County Derry-Londonderry, County Tyrone and County Fermanagh.
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- Donegal is the northernmost county in the Republic of Ireland and of the entire island of Ireland, bounded on the north and west by the Atlantic Ocean and inland by mountains.
- Glenveagh National Park is in the northwest of the county and it has an area of approximately 16,000 acres. The area became a national park in 1975.
- Mount Errigal is the tallest peak at 749m and is located in the Derryveagh Mountains which are the major mountain range in the county.
- Killybegs in County Donegal is one of Ireland's most important fishing ports.
- There are many islands off the coast of County Donegal most of which are uninhabited. They vary in size from tiny rock formations to the larger inhabited islands like Tory and Arranmore.
- County Donegal is one of the twenty-six counties of the Republic of Ireland. Donegal is the largest county in Ulster.
- The name Donegal comes from the Irish 'Dun na nGall' meaning fort of the foreigner.
- County Donegal shares a border with just one other county in the Republic of Ireland. The majority of its land border is shared with Northern Ireland, leading to Donegal developing a distinct cultural identity
- County Donegal's is a tourist attraction for the natural beauty of its coast, with windswept peninsulas, cliffs and a host of beautiful golden beaches.
- Donegal is famous for its history of linens and tweeds
- Until the early 17th century, the county was roughly divided between two clans, the O’Donnells and the O’Neills
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