Culdaff National Volunteers 1915 – Sean Beattie

Throughout the country, the National Volunteers were being organised and by 1914 a corps was formed in Culdaff with the purpose of securing the final passing of the Home Rule Bill. Initially, the corps was unarmed but by the end of 1914, finance became available from an unusual source. A Ballyharry man, James Kelly was working in Boston and was in contact with a Carndonagh man Patrick Doherty of Churchtown. Kelly decided to hold dances to raise funds for arms…

BUNCRANA 1916-1920

I have been reading the minutes of Buncrana Urban Council for 1916 and have been struck by how much life in the town changed in a mere four years. The town minutes of 1915 record that Major Baillie, recruiting officer for Donegal,, was given the support of the council to proceed with army recruitment in the town. Conscription was not yet on the cards. In 1914, the council agreed to take Belgian refugees. The Royal Dublin Fusiliers and Royal Engineers…

Robbie Burns and Culdaff connection

According to local folklore Robbie Burns had a relation who  taught in a school at Cloncha near the old monastic site. I am trying to research relations of Burns and I have located the foundations of the Hibernian Sunday School Society building at Cloncha. It was a  landmark for fisherman and Bunagee harbour can be clearly seen from the site. The building is gone but a strong foundation remains with clean-cut building stones. I presume this is where he taught.…

Macklin Festival at Culdaff celebrates 25 great years

Charles Macklin Autumn School committee in celebratory mood in McGrorys, Culdaff, after final session of 25th Festival on Sunday 12 October 2014. Picture shows S. Beattie, A McDaid, A. McCartney, A. Doherty, Rosin and Neal McGrory. Rosiin played at the first Festival in 1990 (she was a school girl) and Neal has done the sound for 25 years on a pro bono basis.Their two daughters sung songs and played music at the opening and closing event.  Almost 1,000 visitors visited…

Carrowmore – survey of monastic site 2013

A Geophysical Survey at Carrowmore Ecclesiastical Complex, Inishowen Max Adams and Colm O’Brien     Map Carrowmore1 Caption  Figure 1: Site of geosurvey at Carrowmore Map Carrowmore2 Caption Figure 2: Results of geoscan showing part of vallum or ditch of Carrowmore monastery.     At Carrowmore magnetic anomalies, strongly indicative of a hitherto unknown double sub-circular ditch-and-bank enclosure, were recorded in a gradiometer survey. This appears to have formed the setting for the historically attested Early Christian monastery of Both…

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