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Ráth Mealtain
The bridge over River Lennon in Ramelton.
The bridge over River Lennon in Ramelton.
Ramelton is located in Ireland
Location in Ireland
Coordinates: 55°02′08″N 7°38′44″W / 55.03562°N 7.64555°W / 55.03562; -7.64555Coordinates: 55°02′08″N 7°38′44″W / 55.03562°N 7.64555°W / 55.03562; -7.64555
Country Ireland
Province Ulster
County County Donegal
Elevation 20 m (70 ft)
Population (2011)[1]
 • Urban 1,212
Time zone WET (UTC+0)
 • Summer (DST) IST (WEST) (UTC-1)
Irish Grid Reference C228212

Ramelton (Irish: Ráth Mealtain) is a town in County Donegal, Ireland. Its population is 1,212 (2011).


Ramelton is situated at the mouth of the River Lennon, 11 km north of Letterkenny and 4 km east of Milford, on the western shores of Lough Swilly. The town is named from Ráth Mealtain, (Irish for "the fort of Mealtan"), an early Gaelic chieftain. The fort is said to lie under the ruins of a medieval castle of the O'Donnells, the ruling family of West Donegal before their exile to mainland Europe in 1607.

Ramelton was settled by English and Scots planters during the Ulster Plantation of the 17th century and is the site of the oldest Presbyterian church in Ireland.


Ramelton is serviced by many shops and services within the town. The Town Hall in Ramelton was built in the late 19th century and still has a vital role in the community today.

Ramelton also has a Church of Ireland Church of St.Paul, Parish of Tullyaughnish.


The town was the setting for the 1995 television serial The Hanging Gale, which told of the potato Famine of the 19th century.

The town hosts the Lennon Festival, a village fair, since 1970. Ramelton is a Fáilte Ireland designated Heritage Town.

Notable people

See also


  1. ^ http://cso.ie/en/media/csoie/census/documents/census2011vol1andprofile1/Table%205.pdf
  2. ^ "Irish scientist wins Nobel Prize for Medicine". 
  3. ^ "The Irish still love their newspapers". The Guardian. Guardian Media Group. 14 August 2010. Retrieved 14 August 2010. The Irish love reading newspapers, whether they are national or local. It's a joy to see the papers piled high at my local store in the Donegal town of Ramelton in the morning and note their disappearance by the evening. 

External links

  • ramelton.net
  • rameltontidytowns.com
  • rameltonpresbyterianchurch.com
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