Donegal County Council Logo
Home > Services > Planning > Public Consultation > Carndonagh Town Centre Regeneration Project


Carndonagh Town Centre Regeneration Project


The Councils Regeneration and Development Team in partnership with Spraoi agus Spórt is proposing a Town Centre Regeneration Project in Carndonagh, Inishowen, Co. Donegal.


This exciting  project will aim to address both physical and social regeneration targets in the town through repurposing vacant or derelict buildings to create a new central ‘hub’ facilitating a diverse range of youth, commercial, social, creative, recreational and tourism needs together with remote co-working opportunities. Public realm interventions are also proposed.


The specific nature of the proposed works are:

  • Partial demolition of the former Leprechaun Bar to create a new through access and change of use (of retained structure) to public amenities including a changing places facility,
  • Restoration, refurbishment, alteration and extension of the former McDonagh Bros. Department Store and associated outbuildings to the rear providing for:
            i.    a new Digital Fabrication Laboratory (FabLab) and co-working Hub, office                         space, board room training room/exhibition space, kitchenette and toilets,
            ii.   a Social Space for Young People and Teenagers including  a study hub,                           social room, kitchenette and toilets,
            iii.  a community Kitchen,
            iv.  Communal storage, and
            v.   A public realm courtyard with sensory garden.
  • Creation of a new Pedestrian Street and public realm park between Pound Street/Bank Place and the Supervalu Retail Complex and the restoration, refurbishment and alteration of an existing stone outbuilding adjoining same to a Creative Makers Hub including a communal workshop and retail space for creative and craft industries;
  • New demountable canopy feature(s) in the existing Diamond area civic space;
  • New public realm improvements on Back Lane connecting the Diamond to the Town Car Park and Bridge Street including new surface materials, lighting scheme, murals, demolition of existing car park boundary wall and construction of a new replacement car park boundary wall; and
  • All associated ancillary works to include site drainage, connection to public water supply and other services, landscaping, development related signage & public art, connection & discharge to the public sewerage network.


All associated ancillary site works shall be located within the townland of Churchland Quarters, Carndonagh in the Inishowen Municipal District.


Note that in accordance with Article 120(1)(b)(i) of the Planning and Development Regulations 2001 (as amended) Donegal County Council has concluded, based on a preliminary examination of the nature, size and location of the development, that an Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA) is not required. 


The plans and particulars of this proposed development will be available for inspection online (at the links below) or for inspection and purchase (at a fee not exceeding the reasonable cost of making a copy,) by prior arrangement only at:





Opening Hours

The Planning Department, Donegal County Council





Carndonagh Public Services Centre,

County House, Lifford, Co. Donegal, F93 Y622



Malin Road, Carndonagh, Co. Donegal, F93 YV1N

Tel: 07493500

Email: [email protected]





Tel: 07493500


[email protected]

 9:00am – 12.30pm and 1.00pm – 5.00pm from Monday to Thursday and from 9:00am – 12.30pm and 1.00pm – 4.30pm on Fridays.


The proposed plans will be available for inspection from Tuesday 22nd September – Tuesday 20th October 2020.


Submissions and observations with respect to the proposed development, dealing with the proper planning and development of the area in which the development is situated may be made in writing to The Co. Secretariat, Donegal County Council, Lifford, County Donegal, before 5:00pm on Wednesday 4th November 2020. Please mark the front of the envelope with the project name as per the above schedule.




Regeneration & Development Team

Community Development and Planning Services

Donegal County Council

September 2020