Tuesday, 23 November 2010

The History of Castlefinn by Eoin Catterson

Castlefinn is in the parish of Donaghmore, barony of Raphoe, 4.5 miles from Lifford. Its name translates from the castle on the banks of the River Finn, the stones from the castle were used in the construction of the bridge that still stands today, and at the close of Elizabeth's first reign it belonged to Sir Neil Garbh O'Donnell. It is situated on the river Finn, which is navigable to the River Folye for vessels of 14 tonne burden, is on the road from Strabane to Stranorlar and in 1837 consisted of a single street, with a Roman Catholic Chapel.

Castlefinn railway station opened on the 7th September 1863, but finally closed on 1st January 1960. A number of buses pass through Castlefinn on a daily basis going to Letterkenny, Derry, Strabane, Dublin, Sligo and Galway.


  1. It would be terrible to see the bridge taken down . I am a relative of the Purviance family of Castlefinn in the 1700's. Bill Purviance , 858 518 1517
    phone number in USA.

    1. As A part of the bridge demolition squad, I would like to feel justified for the said demolition of The said bridge aforementioned in the last non sub paragraph about the aforementioned bridge....which we knocked down, and are now about to knock down again because..the bridge we made out of the castle was shit & it served as a link between Castlefinn & Castlederg, and ! Would anybody be Sorry if we lost contact with those mad Derg houres? And the purveyors of class for the whole Finn Valley area, (i.e. the Munchies from the never before invaded highlands of Millburn) Castlefenians One & All!! We are but to a man!
      And together we will fight a
      gainst the tyranny and financially unsound advice of the now disdegarded "Northern Bank"? And we will say "We like the new Diamond" Amen.

  2. Love to come there.My gggrand parents lived there GOUDY'S 1800'S

  3. My aunt nan lived in castlefin 30s 40s 50s 60s right next door to the griffens and across the rosd from the taylors farm ...many happy memories