Donegal Annual 2012

Donegal Annual issue no. 64 –  2012 will be available from November 2012. At this point in time, February 2012,  I have the following submitted: Buncrana’s Tip O’Neill connections; Muckish glass; Ribbonmen in the Finn Valley; A Donegal abduction; Cohens of Ballyshannon; Fishing heritage; St. Isidore ; William O’Doherty MP of Carndonagh and Derry. Five more are in preparation including Modern Architecture in Donegal; Donegal’s Titanic passenger; A history of Fahan buildings and more to follow.    

Desperately seeking William

William O’Doherty’s parents came from Carndonagh and he became an MP in 1900 in the Khaki election. Five years later he collapsed in the House of Parliament AGED 37 and was buried in Carndonagh. I am researching his life but unfortunately he is not related to any of the Doherty/O’Doherty families of Carndonagh. If you can help me locate some of his family connections I would be grateful as I am hoping to find some photographs. He married Margaret Mitchell…

A Social and Cultural Atlas of Donegal, Cork University Press, 2013

A prestigious new publication about Donegal will hit the bookshelves in the spring of 2013 called A SOCIAL AND CULTURAL ATLAS OF DONEGAL.  Over sixty well-known writers, historians, academics, poets and musicians have written a total of ninety chapters featuring all aspects of the social and cultural history of the county: archaeology, flora and fauna, heritage, food and diet, agriculture, music, history, new poetry, climate, geology, mapping, wartime, emigration , maritime and a host of other topics. I have been…

Colgan Heritage Weekend

The Colgan Heritage Weekend in 2012 will feature Changing Times. This year is the 75th anniversary of the establishment of the Irish Folklore Commission’ s National School folklore collection project. In every school throughout the country, senior pupils interviewed older people about a wide range of subjects: customs, cures, habits, weather signs, jokes, schooldays, travel, work, farming, fair days, fairies, animals, farm implements, crops, seasons,etc. Many of the interviewees were born around the time of the Great Famine before much…