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Record Type: administrative
Hierarchy of Donegal (county)  Donegal (county)

Coordinates:
Lat: 54 50 00 N  degrees minutes   Lat: 54.8333  decimal degrees
Long: 008 00 00 W  degrees minutes   Long: -8.0000  decimal degrees

Note: Donegal is Ireland's northernmost county, lying west of Northern Ireland and with the Atlantic Ocean on its northern and western borders. The coastline is rough, with many inlets, and the total area measures 1865 square miles. The Erne and the Foyle are the principal rivers. It was once the remote and ancient kingdom of Tyrconnell, founded in 400 CE and ruled by the O'Donnells until the defeat of Ireland as a whole by the English in 1603. In modern times most of the population is centered on coast and in river valleys. The valleys contain most of the arable land and cattle, sheep, pigs, oats, and potatoes are raised there. Salmon fishing is done in most rivers of any size, and tourism is a major economic activity, due to the many beaches and golf courses, and the beautiful rugged scenery. Industries include the manufacture of synthetic fibers, clothing, and carpets. Handmade woolens and tweed are also produced. The people of western Donegal have retained to a large extent the native Irish Gaelic language. The county seat is the village of Lifford. The 2003 estimated population was 138,600.

Names:
Donegal (preferred,C,V,English,U,N)
Dún Na nGall (C,V,Irish Gaelic,U,N)
County Donegal (C,V,display,English,U,N)
Tyrconnell (H,V,Irish Gaelic,U,N)

Hierarchical Position:
Hierarchy of World (facet)    World (facet)
Hierarchy of Europe (continent)  ....  Europe (continent) (P)
Hierarchy of Ireland (nation)  ........  Ireland (nation) (P)
Hierarchy of Ulster (province)  ............  Ulster (province) (P)
Hierarchy of Donegal (county)  ................  Donegal (county) (P)

Place Types:
county (preferred, C)  ............  shired in 1585
first level subdivision (C)
kingdom (H)  ............  of Ailech from ca. 400 until Anglo-Norman invasion

Sources and Contributors:
County Donegal..........  [BHA, VP]
.............................  Columbia Lippincott Gazetteer (1961)
Donegal..........  [GRLPSC, VP Preferred]
.................  Blue Guide: Ireland (1979) 51
.................  Encyclopaedia Britannica (1988) III, 174
.................  Rand McNally Atlas (1994) I-47
.................  Times Atlas of the World (1992) 57
.................  Webster's Geographical Dictionary (1984)
Dún Na nGall..........  [VP]
.......................  Encyclopaedia Britannica (1988) IV, 174
Tyrconnell..........  [VP]
.......................  Encyclopaedia Britannica (1988) IV, 174
Subject: .....  [BHA, GRLPSC, VP]
..................  Blue Guide: Ireland (1979) 51
..................  Columbia Lippincott Gazetteer (1961)
..................  Encyclopaedia Britannica (1988) III, 174; IV, 174
..................  Rand McNally Atlas (1994) I-47
..................  Times Atlas of the World (1992) 57
..................  Webster's Geographical Dictionary (1984)
 
Note:
English .......... [VP]
..........  Encyclopedia Britannica Online (2002-)

 

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