Carndonagh Holiday Homes Donegal
Carndonagh is the main town of northern Inishowen and is an important educational and shopping centre. The 17th century Franciscan monk, scholar and writer John Colgan was born here, and the area has been an ecclesiastical centre of note for many centuries.
Best known of its historical and archaeological remains is the 7th century Carndonagh Cross. The original Irish name, Carn Domhnach, means the burial mound of the church. The town is laid out around a central square, or Diamond, and is dominated by its Italianate Catholic church.
The annual Inishowen Agricultural Society’s Show is held in Carndonagh and is where farmers and exhibitors show their animals and livestock. Standing in the heart of Carn (as the town is locally known) is the Church of the Sacred Heart, built between 1942 and 1945 at the cost of ₤100,000.
This church is the largest ecclesiastical building in the peninsula seating up to 1500 people. On the dome stands four statues designed by Albert Power R.H.A. and carved from Dublin granite.
The Church of the Sacred Heart sits on a commanding site and can be seen for some miles beyond Carndonagh. Near Carndonagh Community School (one of the largest Secondary schools in Ireland) is the Protestant Church whose belfry is said to house a bell taken from the ‘Trinidad Valencera’ one of the ships of the Spanish Armada which sank off the Inishowen coast at Kinnagoe Bay in 1588.