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  1. I found your page about Joseph Campbell and Bishop Mc Colgan just now whilst I was browing the net’. i really must tell you that I am a close relative of Joseph Campbell, in fact he was my great- great grandfather born in Carndoagh in 1730..I and my siblings were born there too. If you are interested, I could email you a photo of the old farmhouse as it once was.
    Particia Faulkner nee Campbell

    • Comment by post author

      Thanks Patricia for getting in contact. I would like to have the photo please and more about your link to Joseph Campbell if you have the details. You may be interested in the 1937 Folklore Collection which we exhibited at the Colgan weekend in Carn. The Carn schools collection is in the library in the town and has a lot about Carndoagh. If there is additional family information about Joseph let me know eg where he is buried etc.

  2. geordy austin

    Very interesting and so sad

  3. Came across your site by chance when I was writing a short post re Ludwig Schenkel. Suspect you may well have discussed Ludwig with my father. Is your Donegal book published as yet?

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  5. Kay Bright

    Hi, Sean. I am trying to find any information relating to the history of the old School at Templemoyle, together with some pictures of the original building and pupils. Would you be able to point me in the right direction. Many thanks. Kay

  6. Debbie Misiag

    Interesting story on the Harveys. My family worked the land of the Harveys. I am trying to figure out when they came over from Scotland. My great grandfather was Robert Dykes, son of John Dykes and Elizabeth McLaughlin. I am hoping if I search the Harvey’s I should be able to find out the year the Dykes came to Malin or at least to Ireland.
    Debbie Dykes Misiag

  7. Linda McSheffery

    Hi Sean, I was hoping you might have some history on the McSheffrey Bridge, i believe it is on the road to Carndonagh. Thank-you for any help.

    Kind Regards

    • Comment by post author

      The bridge was built by the DonegalGrand Jury which met regularly in Lifford and was composed mainly of landlords until it was abolished with the setting up of Donegal County Council. Landlords such as Harveys of Malin and Youngs of Culdaff would have been active in promoting it as previously the area was tidal and cut off from markets in Carn and Derry. The bridge was an important junction, like O Connell St. Bridge in Dublin today. I would need to check the Grand Jury Records in Letterkenny Library before I write more.

      • Linda

        Thank-you so very much Sean for taking the time to reply.
        I am hoping take a trip over to Carndonagh to view it in person someday, and the history you have shared was wonderful.
        I was told but again this could just be a family story that got bigger and better if you get my drift, They said that the bridge was named after the McSheffrey family of Carndonagh who lived on Carrowreagh rd i think it was. Again this is a story that has been told since the 1880’s 90’s so it could have got mixed up along the way.
        Kind Regards

        • Mary Mcsheffrey Murphy

          In regards to McSheffrey bridge my Father was Henry Mcsheffrey and he
          Also told me a story of. McSheffrey Bridge and how it came to be
          He had given me a book on the history of some of the McSheffrey s
          I think most came to Ireland from Scotland….where my father was born
          Was called Scotch Ballyharry , obviously a nickname
          And most McSheffreys were related very uncommon name

  8. Gerry mcsheffrey

    Hello Sean have you got any photos of the mcsheffrey bridge

    Gerry mcsheffrey

  9. Peta Beattie

    Wondering if you may have information relating to Beatties who lived or worked near the bloody forelands. Two brother Robert and Alexander emigrated to Australia in 1885. I believe Robert was born in Manorcunningham. Any assistance greatly appreciated.

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