A Clonmany Rector’s Woes: Life in Inishowen in the 1820s

A remarkable insight into the life of a parish curate in the Church of Ireland has recently come to light. It is generally presumed by Irish historians that the clergy had a comfortable living, having a guaranteed income from the tithe. This was a levy on crops and produce which pre-dated the arrival of the Normans. Among tithe payers, the tax was not too popular, as it obliged all denominations to support the Established Church. Apart from such considerations, the…

Clonmany Irish Nation League

From 1914 thousands of Donegal men joined the ranks of the British army having been advised by John Redmond that England would guarantee Home Rule once the war was over. But in January 1916, Lloyd George announced that if the war had not ended by March 1916, Home Rule would not be granted. The writing was on the wall and partition loomed ahead. The Home Rule Act had been suspended for the duration of the war but now it was…

St. Columba’s Church, Straid, Clonmany

  The Hervey Trail appears to omit Clonmany but it includes two sites in Inishowen. Hopefully, Straid will be added to the map sooner rather than later. Straid Protestant Church, Clonmany A new committee is about to restore the fabric of the old church at Straid. It is great to see a voluntary group being set up because so much of the protection of our heritage comes down to volunteers, people who give their time generously to make our country…