Welcome to the Kincasslagh Parish Website
Kincasslagh is a rural parish of the Diocese of Raphoe, and is situated on the North West coast of Donegal. It is a popular holiday destination, and has been made famous by two of its successful sons, Daniel O’Donnell and Packie Bonner, and of course by Daniel’s big sister, Margo.
There are three Churches in the parish, St. Mary’s in Kincasslagh, St. Columba’s in Burtonport, and St. Crone’s in Arranmore. The mainland is served by Fr. Pat Ward, a native of Arranmore, while Arranmore itself is served by Fr. John Attoh, on loan from Nigeria. Two Ferry operators serve the islands with constant connection and is well worth a visit for sight seeing, walks, bicycling (bit hilly). There you will see breathtaking views of Donegal itself, from a unique perspective. The Arranmore Lighthouse is breathtaking and remote, and you can stay in the the Air B&B Lighthouse keepers homes for a truly hermitical experience.
There are five national Schools in the parish, three on the Mainland and two on the Island. The only Secondary school in the parish is Gairmscoil MacDhiarmada, based on the Island. Until it was built, all Islanders had to go to boarding school on the mainland.
There is a lovely new gift shop in Burtonport run by Una, a Neice of the aforementioned legend, Packie Bonner, and this has proved to be a popular venture for visitors and locals alike.
The other shop on the mainland is the Cope in Kincasslagh which houses the parishes only Post Office as well.
The Railway Walk has proved to be a great asset to the community and to visitors alike. 6.2 km of scenery along where the old train used to leave from the harbour and stop collecting passengers along the way. Newly tarred, its has proved popular for those who want an easy bicycle ride too.
There are some lovely eating houses in the port, with The Famous Lobster Pot in the harbour, and the Harbour Front Cafe looking out over the car Park to the Atlantic, and the Wheelhouse Cafe at the petrol station/grocery shop.
St. Mary’s Church
St. Mary’s Church, in Belcruit was the parish Church of Lower Templecrone. Built in 1856, it has served the people of the parish for over a century and a half.
St. Mary’s Church
Schedule of Masses
Weekend Masses are
Saturday: Even months in Kincasslagh, Odd Months in Burtonport
10.00 a.m. in Kincasslagh,
11.30 a.m. In Burtonport
Weekdays Burtonport Friday @ 10.00 a.m.
Kincasslagh. Friday @ 10.00 a.m.