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Burtonport - Donegal - The Quay

fishing village

Burtonport (Irish: Ailt an Chorráin) is a fishing village situated on the northwest coast of Ireland, some 7 km northwest of Dungloe in County Donegal. Burtonport is in the official Gaeltacht. The main employers in the village are the Burtonport Fishermen's Co-op and the Bord Iascaigh Mhara (Irish Sea Fisheries Board) ice plant. In recent years these establishments have been in decline due to the abandonment of fishing as a career and way of life by locals, due to depleted fish stocks and overly-harsh fishing laws.

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  • County: Donegal
  • Town: Burtonport
  • Scene:The Quay and Town
  • Date: 1915 (estimate)

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Burtonport

 
Burtonport (Irish: Ailt an Chorráin) is a fishing village situated on the northwest coast of Ireland, some 7 km northwest of Dungloe in County Donegal. Burtonport is in the official Gaeltacht.
The main employers in the village are the Burtonport Fishermen's Co-op and the Bord Iascaigh Mhara (Irish Sea Fisheries Board) ice plant. In recent years these establishments have been in decline due to the abandonment of fishing as a career and way of life by locals, due to depleted fish stocks and overly-harsh fishing laws.

History

A plaque there commemorates the brief landing of a French military force led by James Napper Tandy in a failed attempt to assist rebels during the 1798 rebellion on September 16, 1798.

Transport and communications

Burtonport had a railway service from Letterkenny between 1903 and 1940 provided by the Letterkenny & Burtonport Extension Railway (L&BER), a company jointly owned by the State and the Londonderry and Lough Swilly Railway (L&LSR). As the mainland port for the Arranmore car ferry service, Burtonport receives a lot of passing tourist traffic.

People

Politician Pat 'the Cope' Gallagher is from the town. Council member, and Fianna Fáil politician, David Alcorn is from the Lackenagh area of Burtonport. Packie Bonner is from the area around Burtonport. Peadar O'Donnell novelist, leftist, and prominent IRA activst from the 1920-30s era was born in Burtonport.