Locality Information

Ballintra is a village in the parish of Drumholm in the south of County Donegal, Ireland just off the N15 between Donegal Town and Ballyshannon. The village is geographically situated in a limestone area and this natural resource is quarried locally for the building and civil engineering industries.

Ballintra lies on the northern bank of the Blackwater river. (The river is sometimes referred to as Ballintra River). The river rises in the hills that lie inland from the town, and flows through a number of small lakes before spilling over a small waterfall in a narrow gorge behind the village. The Blackwater runs low in summer, hence the name Baile an tSratha, town of the stream or dried-up river.

Ballintra has two public houses (Jamesie's and the Bay Bush), two grocery stores,a hairdresser, two primary schools (St. Ernan's NS and The Robertson NS) and three churches (Methodist, Church of Ireland, and Roman Catholic). Ballintra is also situated close to Rossnowlagh and Murvagh beaches. Murvagh is also the home to the Donegal golf club.

And there are, of course, the Ballintra Pony Races on Bank Holiday Monday (first Monday in August) - the Ballintra Pony Races have been a very popular event since its return thirteen years ago.

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