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County Donegal is perched on the north western seaboard of Ireland, exposed to the Atlantic Ocean with a stunning coastline of golden beaches, dramatic cliffs and windswept peninsulas. Covering an area of 1,876 square miles, County Donegal is home to over 129,000 residents.

Inland County Donegal has some of Ireland's most beautiful and unspoiled terrain of majestic mountains, clear lakes and ancient boglands. Visitors to Donegal can enjoy the wild beauty of the Derryveagh Mountains, the magnificent Glenveagh National Park, excellent angling and salmon fishing and first class golf.

Derived from the Irish name ' Dun na nGall', meaning the fort of foreigners, Donegal has some of Ireland's oldest and most fascinating ancient sites including the round fort of An Grianan Aileach and the stones of Kilcooney Dolmen. Traditional Irish culture can be found in the Gaeltacht area of Donegal on the west coast from Fanad Head to Slieve League where Gaelic is the first language. Donegal retains a rich Irish culture with an abundance of craft producers throughout the county.

Towns in County Donegal

Lifford is the county capital of Donegal and home to Donegal County Council. Other principle townships are Letterkenny, Donegal, Ballybofey, Ballyshannon, Buncrana, Bundoran, Carndonagh and Dungloe

Please see the town guides for further information.

Business Information

Donegal is the most important sea fishing county in Ireland. 25% of the national catch comes through the port of Killybegs. County Donegal has also developed a successful aquaculture industry both in the fin fish and shellfish areas. Agriculture is still the largest employer in the county. Sheep and cattle farming are to be found across the county. Cultivated land produces crops of barley, oats and potatoes. Renowned for its textile industry, County Donegal has retained select production of fine tweed , linen and woolens. More recent manufacturing developments in Donegal include medical and healthcare products, engineering and food production. Some overseas companies to make Donegal their home include Abbott (Ireland) Ltd, Unifi Textured Yarns and Interventional Technologies, all from the US.

Helpful contact details for business enquiries

Donegal County Council

Tel: (353) 074 72222
Donegal County Enterprise Board Tel: (353) 074 72351
Enterprise Ireland Regional Office Tel: (353) 074 21155
IDA Ireland Regional Office Tel: (353) 074 21313
Donegal Local Development Co Tel: (353) 074 27056
MSG - Gaeltacht funding and development Tel: (353) 075 32017
Sources of finance applicable to business start up, development and acquisition, and related agencies, are as follows

Credit Unions:

Tel: (353) (0)1 490 8911
National Irish Bank:  Tel: (353) (0)1 678 5066
Ulster Bank (Small Business Unit):  Tel: (353) (0)1 677 7623
Bank of Ireland Enterprise Support Unit:  contact any branch
Smurfit Job Creation Enterprise Fund Tel: (353) (0)1 478 4091
 
The Dept. of Enterprise, Trade and Employment:
TEL: (353) (0) 1 661 4444;
www.irlgov.ie/entemp has extensive and very helpful advice on all aspects of business and employment in Ireland, including a business start up information pack which is superbly put together and includes everything from planning, funding, locating, employing people and development businesses.
 
Travel (see also town guides)

Donegal is only 50 minutes to Dublin by plane from Donegal Airport. Flights operate daily. Within Ireland, County Donegal is accessible by main roads directly from Dublin and Galway with links across Northern Ireland to Belfast. Bus Eireann operate a range of services throughout the county from the Expressway, town-to-town route to the Provincial Bus into rural Donegal. Cross channel seaports nearest to County Donegal are Larne and Dublin.

Airports
Donegal Airport
www. celtic-internet.com/donegalairport
Tel: (353) 075 48284
   
Ferry
P&O European Ferries
www.poef.com
Tel: (44) 01870 242777

Stena Line
www.stenaline.com

Tel: (353) 01 204 7700


Irish Ferries
www.irishferries.ie


Tel: (353) 01 555 1995
   
Train
Iarnrod Eireann - Irish Rail
www.club.ie/railnet
Tel: (353) 071 69888
   
Bus
Bus Eireann
www.buseireann.ie
Tel: (353) 071 60066
   
Tourist Office
Northwest Tourist Office Tel: (353) 071 61201
 
 
Tourism, Leisure and Accommodation
Please see town guides
 
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