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Dungloe / An Clochán Liath

Dungloe is a market town situated 18km North West of Glenties. Dungloe is largely English speaking while its hinterland is Irish speaking. The town takes its name from the stepping stones which crossed the river in the town before the bridge was built in the 19th century. The town's English name, Dungloe, is derived from 'Dún gCloiche', meaning 'fort of stone' which refers to a fort 8km north west of the town where a market was held until the 18th century. When the market moved to An Clochán Liath the town took on the name of the market!
Dungloe is a popular shopping centre for the people of the Rosses and is home to the famous 'Mary from Dungloe' contest which celebrates the song of the same name and is extremely popular with summer visitors.
There is also a festival dedicated to the socialist writer Peadar O'Donnell in Dungloe each autumn. A little to the North of Dungloe is the site of the ancient church of Templecrone.
Is baile mór margaíochta é An Chlochán Liath agus tá sé suite 18 cilimeádar in iar-thuaisceart de bhaile mór Na Gleanntaí. Béarla is mó a labhairtear ar an Chlochán Liath ach Gaeilge a labhairtear i gcúlchríoch an bhaile mhór. Fuair an baile seo a ainm mar gheall ar na clocha cora a chuaigh trasna na h-abhanna i lár an bhaile mhór sular tógadh droichead sa naoú haois déag. An chiall atá leis an leagan béarla, Dungloe, nó 'Dún gCloiche' (Fort of Stones). Baineann seo le dún déanta amach as clocha a shéas 8 ciliméadar in iar-thuaisceart ón bhaile. Seo an áit a raibh na margaidh ar siúl go dtí an h-ochtú aois déag. Nuair a bogadh an margadh fhád leis an Chlochán Liath ghlac an baile mór ainm an mhargadh! Áit choitianta siopadóireacht é do dhaoine ó cheantar na Rossa. Bíonn Féile Mháire an Chlochán Leith ar siúl sa bhaile gach bliain. Ceiliúrann an Féile an t-amhrán den t-ainm céanna agus tagann na millte cuairteoirí fhád leis achan samhradh.
Tá Féile in ónoir den scríobhnóir soisialach Peadar Ó Domhnaill ar an Clochán Liath gach Fómhair. Giota beag i dtuaisceart an Clochán Liath tá teach phobail sean-aimseartha Teampeaill Cróine. ©


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