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An Carraigín
Location in Ireland
Coordinates: 54°57′06″N 7°25′43″W / 54.951656°N 7.428532°W / 54.951656; -7.428532Coordinates: 54°57′06″N 7°25′43″W / 54.951656°N 7.428532°W / 54.951656; -7.428532
CountyCounty Donegal
 • Dáil ÉireannDonegal
 • Urban
Time zoneUTC+0 (WET)
 • Summer (DST)UTC-1 (IST (WEST))

Carrigans (Irish: An Carraigín, meaning "little rock")[2] is a village in The Laggan, a district in the east of County Donegal, Ireland. The village is located only a short distance from the River Foyle on the R236 regional road.

Carrigans was, in the past, the centre of a major flax and linen producing area and had one of the largest flax mills in County Donegal, before the demise of the flax industry in the 1950s. Commercial salmon fishing was also a major employer in the past.

Dunmore House, on the edge of the village, formerly the home of the McClintock dynasty, an Ulster-Scots family, is now owned by Sir John McFarland, 3rd Bt..

Sir Jim Starritt, a former Deputy Commissioner of the Metropolitan Police, was born in Carrigans.

Writer Dame Agatha Christie visited Carrigans on a few occasions, as a guest of the McClintocks of Dunmore, to whom she was related through marriage.

The Bangalore torpedo, an explosive device used in many conflicts, was invented by Captain (later Colonel) McClintock, of Dunmore, Carrigans.

Carrigans once had a railway station, the village being served by the Great Northern Railway, which closed in 1965.

Killea (St. Fiach's) Parish Church (Church of Ireland) is in the village of Carrigans.[citation needed]

See also


  1. ^ "Census 2016 Sapmap Area: Settlements Carrigans". Central Statistics Office (Ireland). Retrieved 16 June 2018.
  2. ^ "An Carraigín/Carrigans". Placenames Database of Ireland. Government of Ireland - Department of Arts, Heritage and the Gaeltacht and Dublin City University. Retrieved 16 June 2018.
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