Fahan is a village located approx 5 km south of Buncrana and was named after Saint Mura the first Abbot of the Christian monastery established here by St. Colmcille in the 6th century. Its population in 2016 was 588.
In the centre of the village, you will find the old walled graveyard which includes the grave of Agnes Jones, a nurse from the area who was a work colleague of Florence Nightingale.
Cecil Frances Alexander (1818 – 1895) an Irish hymn writer and poet. She wrote “All Things Bright and Beautiful”, “There Is a Green Hill Far Away” and the Christmas carol “Once in Royal David’s City.” lived in the old rectory in the village in the late 19th century.
The graveyard also includes St Mura’s Cross a finely carved 7th cross-slab with it’s design pre-dating the high crosses of Ireland. There is currently a fundraiser to help conserve and protect the ancient cross.
At the northern end of the village, there is Fahan Marina which has a capacity of approx two hundred births. The marina is directly next to Lisfannon Beach which is also very accessible from the village.
The North West Greenway from Derry to Buncrana will pass through Fahan and Lisfannon Beach. Find out what is going on in and around the area here.
Places to eat and drink in Fahan:-
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