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The old Convoy Woolen Mill
The old Convoy Woolen Mill
Country Ireland
Province Ulster
County County Donegal
Dáil Éireann Donegal (formerly Donegal North-East)
Elevation 40 m (130 ft)
Population (2011)
 • Total 1,438
Time zone WET (UTC+0)
 • Summer (DST) IST (WEST) (UTC-1)
Irish Grid Reference C213015
Convoy, County Donegal
St. Ninian's Church of Ireland Church, Convoy

Convoy (Irish: Conmhaigh) is a village in the east of County Donegal, Ireland, being located in the Finn Valley district. It is part of the Barony of Raphoe. It is situated on the Burn Deele, and on the road from Stranorlar to Raphoe, from which latter parish it was separated in 1825, and formed into a distinct parish. At its north-western extremity is the mountain of Cark, 1198 feet above the level of the sea.

Convoy has a total population of 1,438 according to the 2011 census. Like many other towns in the vicinity, it has its origins in the Plantation of Ulster. Convoy is home to a mixed religious community which is reflected in the schools and churches in the town.

There is a Catholic and a mixed primary school in the town. There is also a Catholic church (popularly known as 'the Chapel'), a Church of Ireland church and a Free Presbyterian Church of Ulster church or 'kirk' (which was opened by the Church's founder, The Rev. Ian Paisley) in the town. There are no secondary schools in Convoy and local children tend to travel to Raphoe or Stranorlar for second level education.

The Burn Deele (Irish: An Daoil; also spelled in English as the Burn Dale) is a burn (a small river) that flows along the southern edge of Convoy.

Convoy Woollen Mill

Convoy once had a woollen mill located on the banks of the Burn Deele (also spelled as the Burn Dale), but this closed in the early 1980s with the resultant loss of many local jobs. Most people who lived in Convoy worked in the Convoy Woollen Mill and what economy there was managed to sustain a couple of shops and the Post Office. If one did not work in the Mill or manage to get casual labouring jobs in one of the farms outside the village, one had little choice but to emigrate, to either building work in England or Scotland or to the promise of something better in America. The woollen mill is now host to a business area that has been promoted and assisted by the state development body FÁS.

Convoy House

The Montgomery family of Convoy is descended from Alexander Montgomery, Prebendary of Doe, who died about 1658. He was brought over from Scotland by his kinsman, George Montgomery, who became the first Protestant Bishop of Raphoe in 1604. Alexander Montgomery of Croaghan, near Lifford, bought the Convoy estate from the Nesbitt family in 1719. Boyton House was first occupied in November 1807 by the family of Robert Montgomery of Brandrim who had inherited the estate form his cousin, Sandy Montgomery of Convoy.Sandy represented Donegal in Grattan’s parliament for thirty two years. He spent part of his youth in America and was noted for his duelling. His brothers were John of Lisbon and Richard, a general in Washington’s army who fell at the siege of Quebec in 1775. Sandywas a friend of Lord Edward Fitzgerald and a secret supporter of the United Irishmen. He voted against the Act of Union in 1800. Boyton House used to contain the letter which Washington wrote to the family on Richard’s death and receipts for meat bought by thehundred-weight in Raphoe by the Montgomery family for free distribution in Convoy during the Famine. The house passed through marriage to the Boyton family in the nineteenth century.


There are daily Bus Éireann buses serving Convoy which go to such places as Derry, Letterkenny and Strabane several times a day.

Convoy railway station opened on 1 January 1909, and closed on 1 January 1960.

The nearest railway station is operated by Northern Ireland Railways and runs from Waterside Station in Derry, via Coleraine, to Belfast Central railway station and Belfast Great Victoria Street railway station. The strategically important Belfast-Derry railway line is to be upgraded to facilitate more frequent trains and improvements to the permanent way such as track and signalling to enable faster services.

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