Launch of Donegal Annual Vol. 2 1954-59

Donegal Annual Vol 2 1954-59 will be launched by Lillis O Laoire, NUIG, at Acadamh, Gweedore on Friday 27 February at 7 pm. Music and Refreshments. All welcome. The new collection runs to 600 pages and features some of the leading historians of the county from the 1950s such as Paddy MacGIll, Fr, Canice Mooney, Patrick Bonner, Fr. Terence O Donnell, Sean Ban MacMenamin, Fr Aubrey Gwynn of UCD, Margaret Dobbs of QUB and Brian MacCafaid. Most areas of the…

Landed Estate Sale Catalogue, Inishowen 1879 – Carndonagh, Clonmany, Ballyliffin and Buncrana

In 1879, several thousand acres of land were offered for sale to tenants in West Inishowen. The lots below contain interesting maps of the estates and townlands that were listed in the catalogue. This is an important document in the history of Donegal landed estates, as tenants who bought land in this sale avoided involvement in the Land War of the next decade.  There is also very interesting information about the townlands and their special features contained in the catalogue,. This…

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…

Patrick Pearse and Donegal 1915

Patrick Pearse visited the county on a number of occasions. The Donegal Historical Society museum at Rossnowlagh has a letter from Pearse to an O’Boyle family in the county who wanted to send their son to Pearse’s school at St. Enda’s College, Rathfarnham, Dublin. Most people remember Pearse for the Rising of 1916 but he was a school founder, headmaster and reformer also. The school is now a  museum. Many Donegal families sent their sons here as it was a…

Tobacco smuggling and the Minnehaha clipper.

Two of the captains of the Minnehaha – the renowned  “green yacht from Derry”- were Pat McGonigle and Willie McLaughlin, who married Sarah McCann of Carrowmena in 1887. Tobacco was becoming very popular and the Minnehaha was involved in smuggling it. Some was smoked but more often than not it was chewed.  It was heavily taxed and consequently a smuggling trade opened up in illegal tobacco. Most of the bales were normally off loaded at Inishtrahull for later shipment to Derry but…

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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