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Bun an Phobail
Moville is located in Ireland
Location in Ireland
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Country Ireland
Province Ulster
County County Donegal
Elevation 30 m (100 ft)
Population (2011)[1]
 • Urban 1,481
Time zone WET (UTC+0)
 • Summer (DST) IST (WEST) (UTC-1)
Irish Grid Reference C648397

Moville (Maigh Bhile or Bun an Phobail in Irish, having the same etymology as Movilla Abbey) is a town and coastal resort on the Inishowen Peninsula of County Donegal, Ireland, close to the northern tip of the island of Ireland.


The town enjoys a scenic location on the eastern shore of Lough Foyle, some 30 km from Derry, which lies across the border in Northern Ireland. Its most attractive feature is its handsome Green, a large seaside park in the Victorian style which features bandstands, walking trails, playgrounds, a coastal footpath and sweeping views east across the waters of the lough to Northern Ireland. As a result of this pleasant location and the proximity of several marvellous beaches, Moville receives many visitors and daytrippers in the summer months.


In the second half of the 19th century, Moville was a significant point of embarkation for many travellers, especially emigrants, to Canada and the United States of America. Steamships of the Anchor Line, of Glasgow, and others en route from Glasgow to New York City regularly called at Moville to pick up additional passengers. Today, the town receives little maritime traffic; it retains its small fishing harbour, but the important commercial fishing port at Greencastle lies only a few miles away.

The Montgomerys of New Park were a landed family of the town, the ancestors of Field-Marshal Montgomery. When flying over the town in 1947 he commented: "It looks just the same. My dear old Irish home".[2] His grandfather Robert had built Montgomery Terrace in 1884.[3]

An annual regatta is held at Moville every year in August, and has done so since early in the 19th century. In older times the one-man punt was popular, whereas nowadays the race of the home-made rafts brings competitors from many counties and large spectator crowds.

Europe's biggest festival of Bob Dylan music, Stuck Inside of Moville, the DylanFest on the Lough takes place in Moville every year as well as Ireland's only annual festival of Beatles music the BeatlesFest on the Lough which take place on consecutive weekends at the end of August.

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  1. [1] Archived March 26, 2009 at the Wayback Machine
  2. "Notes on the 1947 visit". Retrieved 2012-09-02.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  3. NE Inishowen Company. (2004-01-01). "Black and White Postcards Moville Inishowen Co Donegal". Retrieved 2012-09-02.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  4. "Parish History". Moville Parish, Derry Diocese, Ireland. Retrieved 2015-03-09.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>

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Media related to Moville at Wikimedia Commons