Locality Information

Loughanure means lake of the yew) and is a village in the north-west of County Donegal, Ireland. It is halfway between Gweedore and Dungloe, on the N56 road, in the Gaeltacht area of the Rosses. The village owes its name to the native yew tree which grows wild on Oileán Iúir, a small island on the lake.

Loch an Iúir is the largest lake in the Rosses; it is over four kilometeres long and flows down the Crolly River into the Atlantic Ocean. Salmon, brown trout, and rainbow trout inhabit the waters. The lake is nestled among the surrounding hills. Cumann Iascaireachta Loch an Iúir hold fishing competitions on the lake annually. Nearby attractions include Blue Flag beaches, local summer festivals, surfing, and sight-seeing. Loch an Iúir attracts many tourists during the summer months. Boats are available for hire from the local angling club.

Loughanure village is situated on the N56, five miles east of Dungloe and five miles west of Gweedore, and is part of the Parish of Annagry. It has a population of 400. It is a Gaeltacht (Irish speaking area) and has an Irish College, Coláiste Mhuire, founded in 1945, which caters for almost a thousand students each year in Irish language classes at Easter, June, July and August.

There is a Lounge/Bar and Restaurant, Casadh an tSúgáin, at the crossroads. There is a supermarket, petrol station and restaurant opposite the ‘Tech’.

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