Plans to turn former Donegal Coastguard station into housing

The building has been unoccupied for many years

Plans to turn former Donegal Coastguard station into housing

Ball Hill Coastguard station near Donegal town was built in 1866

Planning permission is being sought to convert a former Donegal Coastguard station which dates back to the 1860s into residential housing.

Ball Hill Coastguard station near Donegal town was built in 1866. 

It was used as a youth hostel by an An Óige from 1947 before it closed in  2004. The building has been lying empty since.

The former coastguard station, which is on the National Inventory of Architectural Heritage, is located close to Hassan's Point and has stunning views of Donegal Bay and the south Donegal coast.

Planning permission is being sought for the refurbishment of the building. 

The application also includes the change of use of the two-story building to create four two and three-bed self-contained residential units.

The plans include the demolition of a former boathouse on the site and the construction of a new one. 

The Coastguard station was designed by Enoch Trevor Owen, an English architect who when working for the Board of Works in Ireland designed more than thirty coastguard stations in Ireland, including nite in Donegal.

It was part of the Killybegs Coastguard District and was one of nine stations that stretched from Donegal town to the Gweebarra River. 

If you have a story or want to send a photo or video to us please contact the Donegal Live editorial team any time. To contact Donegal Democrat and Donegal People's Press, email editorial@donegaldemocrat.ie To contact Donegal Post, email editor@donegalpost.com To contact Inish Times, email editor@inishtimes.com.

More News

Buy the e-paper of the Donegal Democrat, Donegal People's Press, Donegal Post and Inish Times here for instant access to Donegal's premier news titles.

Keep up with the latest news from Donegal with our daily newsletter featuring the most important stories of the day delivered to your inbox every evening at 5pm.