Cill Charthaigh
Kilcar, Co Donegal

Kilcar is a small village on the R263 regional road in the south west of County Donegal, Ireland. The official Irish name, Cill Charthaigh, means “The Church of St. Cartha”. The village is part of the Gaeltacht.

The picturesque village of Kilcar, 8 miles (13 km) west of Killybegs, is a centre of the Donegal hand woven tweed industry. Hand-embroidery, knitting and other cottage industries also flourish in this district. The Kilcar Way Walk is in fact, a trinity of equally beautiful walks, starting in the village. One loops around the western foothills of Mulnanaff, the second runs east and north-east to Kilcar Forest and the third skirts Towney.

The village consists of a main street with a church at one end and two textile factories at the other end. In between there are some shops and four pubs. The village has the principal tweed hand weaving facility in Donegal, with a shop selling high quality tweed products.



“An Áislann” is a community facility which includes a library, sports hall (basketball and indoor football), a gym, computer centre, and small theatre. It also has exhibits based on the history of south west Donegal and usually has an exhibition of historic local photographs. It is in the same complex as the hand-weaving centre.

The national school is about 750 metres from the main street, beside the playground. The parish of Kilcar stretches all the way to the river which separates it from the next village, Carrick which is about 6 kilometres away.

The village is surrounded by a variety of townlands, which with the village comprise the parish of Kilcar. They are about a square mile in area.

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Sports Hall in Kilcar
Colaiste Chara students playing in hall
Girls from Colaiste Chara running on football pitch
Pupils from Colaiste chara playing in playground
Students from Colaiste Chara in sea in Donegal