Rathmullan ( Irish: Rath Maoláin ) is a town (german village) in County Donegal in the north of Ireland.

The place

Rathmullan is located southeast of the Fanad peninsula on the western shore of Lough Swilly, in the northeast of the county of Donegal. On the eastern side of Lough Swilly, Buncrana is located across from him on the Inishowen peninsula. The nearest major town is Milford, 12 km to the west; of Letterkenny in the southwest of Rathmullan is 27 km away.


Rathmullan houses the ruins of a built in 1516 Carmelite monastery, which in 1595 experienced its torching by the British before it was occupied in 1617 by one of the bishops of Raphoe. On the grounds of the convent was once a Rath, an Iron Age earthwork, which is already displayed in the place names.

Awareness Rathmullan has gained in more especially in the context of historical events: Sun, left in September 1607 at the so-called Flight of the Earls Earls Aodh Mór Ó the two Néill and Rory O'Donnell with 90 relatives and associates Ireland on the run from the British of from Rathmullan. In 1798, was the capture of Wolfe Tone, the founder of the Society of United Irishmen and one of the leaders in the Irish Rebellion of 1798, possibly in Rathmullan; However, Buncrana and Letterkenny, take this event also lay claim.

Even as the basis for English sailors was Rathmullan America in the 18th century important, and later as an international trading center for salt herring.

In the Napoleonic wars at the beginning of the 19th century in Rathmullan an English battery was stationed to protect the Lough Swilly against a possible French invasion. In the one-time set up Martello Tower is now the Flight of the Earls Centre housed a permanent exhibition.


Today is the tourism like many places in Donegal one of the main sources of income of the village, to which contribute several festival dates in the year: in the spring or early summer, there is the Lough Swilly Deep Sea Fishing Festival and in July the Rathmullan Community Festival, while the Rathmullan Regatta Festival annually on the first Monday takes place in August. In the tourist season, an Lough Swilly ferry across the Buncrana with Rathmullan.

Classroom Rathmullan is one of Donegal North - East.