BUNCRANA ~ Population approximately 6,000 Bun Crannach ~ Meaning "bottom of the Crana", the Crana is the river that runs beside Buncrana
Buncrana from the Letterkenny road
Buncrana sits of the shores of Lough Foyle on the Inishowen peninsual and has a long sandy beach on the edge of the town. It is the second largest town in County Donegal after Letterkenny.
FAMOUS PEOPLE BORN IN BUNCRANA ~ DEVLINE, Danny (1814-1867) ~ City Chamberlain of New York between 1861 and his death in 1867. He was instrumental in forming the Society for the Protection of Destitute Roman Catholic Children in the City of New York in 1863. After his death his brother sent a stained glass window to St. Patrick's Cathedral, Dublin, in his memory and the window is still there today. ~ HUTTON, Danny (b.1942) ~ Singer with Three Dog Night whose hits included 'Mama Told Me Not to Come', 'Black and White' and 'Joy to the World'. He was head of Hanna Barbera Records 1965-66. He fronted the Danny Hutton Hitters whose cover of Nik Kershaw's 'Wouldn't It Be Good' featured in the film Pretty in Pink. ~ McANALLY, Ray (1926-89) ~ Actor. He appeared in many films culminating with his last film, 'My Left Foot' in which he played Christy Brown's (Christy Brown played by Daniel Day Lewis) father and for which he was posthumously awarded a BAFTA in 1990. He had been due to play Bull McCabe in Jim Sheridan's 'The Field', a role then taken by Richard Harris. He is the father of RTE radio presenter, Aonghus McAnally. ~ McGUINNESS, Frank (b.1953) ~ Lecturer and acclaimed playright. His many plays include 'The Factory Girls' and 'Observe the Sons of Ulster Marching Towards the Somme'. He wrote the screenplay for the film of Brian Friel's play 'Dancing at Lughnasa'.