Killybegs International Carpet Making & Fishing Centre +353 (0) 74 9741944

Centre Facilities

Donegal Carpet Factory

Situated within what was once the famous Killybegs Carpet Factory, the Heritage Centre is home to the largest hand-knotted loom in the world. Visitors will see live demonstrations of weaving of the hand-knotted carpets, a chance to meet and talk with one of the few hand-weavers remaining in this part of the country, and enjoy a step-by-step account of how each carpet is individually designed and produced. Visitors are taught the unique craft of hand-knotting, and have the opportunity to try their skills at one of the hand-looms on display in the Factory

Maritime Exhibition & Bridge Simulator

Enjoy a fascinating insight into the Maritime history of one of the largest fishing fleets in Ireland, and take a journey into the past via audiovisual and listen to the experiences of some of the Killybegs fishermen who give their own personal account of life in bygone days. Visitors will also have the opportunity to enjoy a hands-on Bridge Simulator audio visual display, the only one of its kind in Ireland, in a fishing trawler wheelhouse, allowing them to step into the fisherman’s shoes and imagine the wonderment of the ocean and the skills needed to live alongside nature in its true sense.

Audio Visual

Facilities include an audio-visual centre with seating for 50 people. Room Hire is available.

History of Ulster

The wall displays highlighting the history of the Ulster area, with particular interest in the plantation of Ulster and the Flight of the Earls.

History & Research


Killybegs International Carpet Making & Fishing Centre offers a friendly welcome to the casual visitor and the dedicated historian/researcher. Topics on which Killybegs International Carpet Making & Fishing Centre holds material include all aspects of the fishing industry and its importance to Killybegs and South West Donegal hinterland. See more information on Events & Exhibitions.

School Tours are particularly welcome during the school months.

There is also a Coffee & Crafts Shop on the premises, and visitors can enjoy browsing through some of the heritage literature and perhaps purchase some crafts designed by local craft-workers that are on display.

Aras An Uachtaran Carpet was made in 1948, over 65 years old, it took about 3 months to make and was replaced by green carpet, which was made in 2000, which was commissioned by President Mary Mc Aleese when in office. The reason for the duck egg blue was because that was the colour of the Presidential flag, but Mary went for the green as it was more Irish and a more richer colour.

Our most valuable facilities are our dedicated and experienced staff who will be happy to answer your questions and provide you with information.