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Letterkenny (Irish: Leitir Ceanainn, meaning "Hillside of the O'Cannons"), known as the Cathedral Town, is the largest and most populous urban settlement in County Donegal. Its English name is derived from the Irish name Leitir Ceanainn, meaning "Hillside of the O'Cannons" – the O'Cannons being the last of the ancient chieftains of Tír Conaill. With a population of 19,588, Letterkenny is located on the River Swilly in east Donegal. Along with the nearby city of Derry, Letterkenny forms the major economic core of the north-west of the island of Ireland. The modern urban centre of Letterkenny began as a market town at the start of the 17th century, during the Plantation of Ulster. An ancient castle once stood near where the Cathedral of St. Eunan and St. Columba, Donegal's only Roman Catholic cathedral, stands today. Letterkenny Castle, built in 1625, was located south of Mt Southwell on Castle Street. Donegal's premier third-level institution, the Letterkenny Institute of Technology (LYIT), is located in the town, as are Saint Eunan's College, Highland Radio, and the only Hindu temple in the Republic of Ireland. Letterkenny is also the original home of Oatfield Sweet Factory, the confectionery manufacturer, and is renowned for its night-life, with enterprises such as Club Voodoo, The Grill, Milan and The Pulse regularly attracting international names. The Aura Complex, near O'Donnell Park, includes an Olympic-standard swimming pool, which is situated on the Glenties Road, the Danny McDaid Athletic Track and an arena capable of hosting top-level events.


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Facts and Stats for Letterkenny*

  • Letterkenny: Crime and Safety

    How safe is Letterkenny for tourists? Understand risks and safety concerns that can hamper your travel experience in Letterkenny.

    • Assault and Armed Robbery 25 (Low)
    • Drug offense 25 (Low)
    • Safety walking alone during daylight 100 (Very High)
    • Safety walking alone during night 75 (High)
    • Insulting and offensive behaviour 25 (Low)
    • Property crimes and Vandalism 50 (Moderate)
  • Living in Letterkenny - Quality of Life

    • Safety Index 87.5 (Very High)
    • Climate Index 94.16 (Very High)
    • Cost of Living Index 78.71 (Moderate)
    • Property Price to Income Ratio 11.58 (Moderate)
    • Purchasing Power Index 116.37 (Very High)
    • Indices such as Quality of life, Climate & Healthcare index are good to be high whereas others such as Property price, Traffic & Cost of living Index are good to be low.

  • Cost for Essentials in Letterkenny

    Here's how much it will cost to shop in Letterkenny

    • Local calling per minute on Prepaid mobile 0.27 USD
    • International Movie per seat 10.45 USD
    • Summer clothing in a chain store 46.46 USD
    • Pair of Basic Nike Shoes 90.01 USD
    • Pair of Basic Levis Jeans 70.07 USD

*Stats and figures mentioned are crowd-sourced ​and subjected to change without notice.

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