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.