2015 : Donegal Annual

Donegal Annual 2015

The 2015 Donegal Annual, which has just been printed, marks another milestone in the numerous achievements of the Co. Donegal Historical Society since its foundation in 1946. Sixteen articles span the county, followed by book reviews, a list of officers and members, plus the schools’ competition.

Notable to begin with is that of Helen Meehan’s. She has been a regular contributor for the 24th consecutive year and in this edition she looks at the astronomical features of pre-Plantation Donegal. On a related theme, Ross Cooper focuses on the stone circle at Beltany near Raphoe, regarding the winter solstice. Raphoe does well in this year’s edition. Myra D. Kavanagh writes about Sarah Porterfield’s emigration to the USA in 1741 and Frank Sweeney details a tragic incident at a fair day in the town in 1850. The area around Raphoe is known as the Laggan and Sam Hanna documents the Laggan Army and Land Leases 1642-1665.

Mervyn Watson shows the significance to the county of cultural tourism in the early 1900’s, greatly helped by the extensive railway system and the increasing number of new hotels.

Hibernian Sunday Schools in Donegal, 1809 -1847 are examined by Seán Beattie, the Editor of the Annual.

Music to the ears of many readers will be Eddie Ward’s article on “The Rose of Arranmore.” It’s poignant to read the real-life story of Grace O’Donnell, the islander who inspired this lovely song.

Brian Lacey’s feature reminds us that it’s the 1500th anniversary of the birth of St. Colmcille.

Several buildings also come under the spotlight. Port Hall, near Lifford, built in 1746, played an important role in recent history. Martin McGuinness came here to meet members of Margaret Thatcher’s cabinet. A previous owner of the house, Anthony Marreco, founded Amnesty International in 1961 while he was living there. Belinda Mahaffy has thoroughly researched the history of this house on the banks of the River Foyle. (N.B. The house and grounds are not open to the public).

Donald Munro remembers life in a Glencolmcille rectory while nearby Malinbeg is the focus of Seán Ó hEochaidh’s Irish language diary from a visit there in 1935, edited by Lillis Ó Laoire.

Michael Kennedy writes about Inishowen’s wartime coast watchers 1939-1945.

The cover of the Annual is a photo of the look-out post at Malin Head, taken by Adam R. Porter of Buncrana.

Born in nearby Greencastle in 1786, Gen Frederick Young founded the senior battalion of the Gurkhas and Rachel Magowan relates his achievements.

Around the 1870’s, Hugh Dorian of Fanad chronicled the everyday life and customs of the area. Rev. Raymond Blair’s article summarises letters and other writings by him, giving a fascinating insight into a vanished world.

The longest article in this year’s Annual is Notes on Medieval Donegal by Tomás G. Ó Canann. He begins by informing readers that in the 12th century the abbey of Assaroe at Ballyshannon was known by its Latin name of Samaria, from the capital of the northern kingdom of Israel.

The history of Donegal continues to fascinate the inquisitive mind and here we have a gem of a publication. Full credit to the Editor, Seán Beattie and his editorial team. All information about the Society is on its website at donegalhistory.ie

Beltany stone circle, Raphoe

The cover is the look-out post at Banba’s Crown, Malin Head, courtesy of Adam Rory Porter, photographer, Buncrana.

Aphort, Arranmore island. In centre is the football pitch.

2016 : Field Day in Marble Hill and Gortahork (August 2016)

The scenic splendour of Marble Hill, deep Sheephaven Bay and Gortahork were our final destinations for this year’s field days. But we were there to enjoy much more than the breath-taking views. Our President, Dr. Lochlann McGill, welcomed a very large group to Marble Hill. Our first stop was its gate-lodge where our guide, Charlie Gallagher pointed out a most interesting feature of the lovely lodge , ie the still intact roof made from the local Roshine slate. 

The house itself was once owned by Mr. Hugh Law, MP and TD. Robin Law, his grandson, who lives nearby, was also in attendance. We then walked to the dance hall and this was the first time in more than 50 years that it was opened to the public. Patrick Pearse knew the hall well, as we were soon to find out. Andrew MacIntyre, a postman from nearby Ballymore, played the fiddle at ceilidh evenings held in the hall when Pearse came.

Eamonn MacIntyre, his grandson, read a letter his father Eddie had written in 1966 to Dr. McGill’s father about Patrick Pearse’s visit to the house as Mr. Law’s guest. Eddie wrote, “I often heard my father say that Pearse was a frequent visitor…and collected a large quantity of Irish folklore in the district around Marble Hill. It was in Law’s house too that Pearse learned the Fairy Reel, a dance then peculiar to that part of Ireland. My father played the fiddle on that occasion and was personally thanked by Pearse.” For his work in preserving the local musical culture of the district, Mr Law in 1904 presented Andrew with a violin case with a silver plaque on it and Patrick Pearse contributed to the purchase. Andrew and Eddie were founder members of the Donegal Historical Society.
Charlie Gallagher spoke next and recalled the popularity of Marble Hill with many other distinguished guests at the house. They afterwards wrote about the locality and we are most fortunate, noted Charlie, in having such a wonderful amount of writings and art-work from that era relating to the district. He mentioned quite a few of these people and what they had to say and Charlie’s power of recall was amazing. Entertainment was then provided by two fiddlers,Seamus McGowan and Liana MacIntyre. The Society would like to take this opportunity to thank the present owner of Marble Hill House, Ms Juliet Joblin-Purser, for allowing us access to the dance hall and environs. NB…It must be pointed out that the house, gate-lodge, dance hall and grounds are private property and not open to the public.
On then to Coláiste Uladh, Gortahork where Dr. Seosamh ÓCeallaigh gave an illustrated lecture on the immense contribution the college has made to the language and culture of the district. Patrick Pearse, Joseph Plunkett and Roger Casement attended the college and immersed themselves in the local culture and ways of life. The college itself is in immaculate condition and a joy to behold. Our day ended with a wonderful tea at the college. Go raibh maith agaibh go léir.

As the Society come to the end of our commemorations for 1916, it is surely fitting that we give the last word to Joseph Plunkett, one of the seven signatories of the Proclamation and who was executed at Kilmainham Gaol on May 4th 1916. Years earlier, as a young man at Coláiste Uladh, enjoying the carefree days at the college amidst the heather-clad hills of NW Donegal, it was the arrows of Cupid that struck him. Here is the first verse of his poem, “Coláiste Uladh” which he wrote to his beloved, a local girl whose surname was O’Carroll.

Cloughaneely Irish College
Has a wealth of wit and knowledge,
Not to speak of health and beauty
Grace and graciousness go leor.
But among its charms entrancing
Men and maidens, songs and dancing,
There is nothing so delightful
As yourself, mo mhile stór

Our President 2022

Uachtarán Chumann Staire agus Seanchais Chondae Dhún na nGall.

President of the County Donegal Historical and Folklore Society.

The outgoing president of the Donegal Historical Society, Seán Boner (left) presents new holder of that office, Rev. Raymond Blair with his chain of office following Annual General Meeting in Ballybofey

The President of Donegal Historical Society, Rev. Raymond Blair, was born in Cavan Upper, Killygordon, in 1960. Raymond received his primary education in the nearby Cooladawson National School. A keen interest in history developed from an early age as a result of the fascinating stories which his father, Joseph, used to tell him about happenings in the locality over the years. His secondary education was obtained at the Royal and Prior Comprehensive School in Raphoe, whose headmaster at that time was Mr Cookman, who himself served as President of the County Donegal Historical Society. 

Raymond then went on to study History at Trinity College Dublin, and this course of study deepened his fascination with Irish History; it particularly stimulated his interest in the interaction between landlords and tenants in 19th century Ireland. In due course, he went on to study Theology at the Reformed Theological College in Belfast, and then served as Pastor in Galway for over 20 years, before moving to minister in Limavady in 2011.

Raymond is the author of “The Best of Frances Browne: Poems, Stories and Essays by the Blind Genius of Stranorlar.” He has also written many articles for the Donegal Annual and contributed to several other historical journals. He has a special interest in the life and career of John George Adair, the notorious landlord of Derryveagh, and has unearthed some significant new material about that colourful and controversial character.

Married to Carole (from Bangor, County Down) since 1995, he has four daughters – Eileanoir, Labhaoise, Rosaleen and Iona. In undertaking the role of President, Raymond hopes that his own enthusiasm for the history of Donegal will motivate others to get more involved in exploring the fascinating story of his native county. In the words of Lord Acton, “History is not a burden on the memory but an illumination of the soul.”

Donegal Annual 2015

Cultural Tourism in Donegal in the Early 1900s Mervyn Watson   4
Hibernian Sunday Schools in Donegal 1809-1847 Seán Beattie   11
General Frederick Young 1786-1874 Rachel Macgowan   21
Beltany – Star of Gortin and Winter Solstice Ross Cooper   27
Colmcille – 1500th Anniversary of His Birth Brian Lacey   34
The Laggan Army and Land Leases 1642-65 Sam Hanna   36
Port Hall Belinda Mahaffy   42
The Dorian Letters, Fanad Rev. Raymond Blair   49
The Rose of Arranmore Eddie Ward   53
Celestial and Environmental Phenomena In Pre-Plantation Donegal Helen Meehan   59
Notes on Medieval Donegal (2) Tomás G. Ó Canann   67
Glencolmcille Rectory Memoir Donald Munro   90
Sarah Porterfield, Raphoe Myra D. Kavanagh   95
Inishowen’s Wartime Coastwatchers 1939-45 Michael Kennedy   99
The Trial of Martha Allan Frank Sweeney   105
Dialann Sheáin Uí Eochaidh Lillis Ó Laoire   109
Book Reviews  116
Donegal Bibliography Helen McNutt   123
Officers 2015  132
Schools’ Competitions Pat Shallow   133
List of Members  136
Calendar 2016  148
Volume 67 : 2015

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Donegal Annual 2014

Notes of Medieval Donegal Tomás G. Ó Canann   4
The Dudleys: Donegal’s “Penny Nurses”, 1903-1923 Dr. Seán Beattie   16
The War of Independence and the Laggan William Holmes   22
Excavations: Carrickabraghy Castle 2012-3 Richard Crumlish   29
Donegal and the Great War Richard Doherty   39
Mabel Colhoun Denise Henry   45
Municipal Government in Donegal Town: the Two Charters of 1612-13 Dr. Matthew Potter   50
Opposites Attract: Hugh O’Neill and Red Hugh O’Donnell Matthew McGinty   63
St. Colmcille’s Well, Ardsbeg, Co.Donegal Dr. Lillis Ó Laoire   68
Surveys and Rentals: Manor of Castlefinn 1631-1835 Terry Dolan   73
Malinmore Portal Tomb Complex René Balthasar   79
O’Mulderry Family Richard Louis Mulderrry   83
Farrells of Rossnowlagh Dr. Sam Hanna   87
1641 Depositions Patrick Maher   91
Cumann na mBan in Co. Donegal Helen Meehan   97
Famine: Magaret Heraghty’s Last Journey Dr. Frank Sweeney   106
Sugar, Sewage, Soapstone: John George Adair Rev. Ray Blair   112
Major Myles: the 1932/33 Elections Dr. Daragh Curran   116
Association Football: Donegal Players in England, 1945-2010 Dr. Conor Curran   125
Comóradh agus Céiliúradh 1912-2022 Uinsionn Ó Breisleáin   130
Cistercians in Derry and Donegal 1218-2013 Rev. Bernard J. Canning   135
Book Reviews  139
Donegal Bibliography Helen McNutt   143
Officers   150
Schools’ Competitions Pat Shallow   151
List of Members  153
Calendar/Programme 2015  161
Volume 66 : 2014

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Donegal Annual 2013

A Geophysical Survey of Carrowmore Ecclesiastical Complex, Inishowen Max Adams and Colm O’Brien  5  
Early Medieval Decapitation, Dooey Niamh Carty  9  
Lebelly Castle, the Castle of the Finn, Caisleán na Finne Ross Cooper  15  
Conservation Project : O’Dohety Castle, Isle of Doagh, Clonmany Richard Crumlish and Marius Harkin  21  
Ballyshannon Historians Anthony Begley  23  
Bishop Patrick O’Donnell and Rome Very Rev. Dr. John J. Silke  34  
County Donegal Grand Jury 1753-1798 Emma Wright  38  
Three Donegal Towns that Received Charters in 1613 Matthew Potter  45  
Donegal Through the Lens Seán Beattie  48  
Derry and Donegal Politics: 1800-1921 Desmond Murphy  56  
Opposing High Taxation and Praising the People Rev. Raymond Blair  63  
Londonderry and Lough Swilly Railway: 150 Years Frank Sweeney  68  
A Tireless Hunter of Dreams: Arnold Bax and Donegal Kenneth Dodds  71  
The Illies and Environs in the 19th Century Gearóid MacLochlainn  75  
Donegal and the Irish Boundary Commission Paul Murray  82  
The Early Gaelic Revival in the Donegal Bay Area Helen Meehan  91  
World War 1 Chalice Returns Home Canon Bernard J. Canning  98  
Capt. McKay Rorty and the American Civil War, 1861-65 Aidan O’Hara  100  
“In the Sunny Long Ago”Billy Finn  102  
Domhnall MacDiarmada: File Ghaothbearra Éamonn Ó Ceallaigh  109  
Book Reviews 114  
Donegal Bibliography 2013 Helen McNutt  123  
Officers 138  
Schools’ Competitions. 2013 139  
List of Members 142  
Calendar of Events 2014 154  
Volume 65 : 2013

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Donegal Annual 2012

An t-Uachtarán 4  
Glenveagh Castle : Celtic Revival? Seán Ó Gaoithín  5  
Quarrying on Muckish Mountain Alastair Lings  8  
William O’Doherty MP North Donegal 1900-1905 Seán Beattie  23  
Rev. Daniel Eneas Coyle, PP, Pastor and Churchman Francis P. Coyle  30  
Hurling in Donegal Before the GAA Martin McGonigle  39  
Ribbonmen in the Finn Valley Pat Holland  52  
Fisheries on the Donegal Coast, 1836 Frank Sweeney  60  
A Donegal Passenger on the Titanic May McClintock  68  
St. Isodore’s College, Rome and Donegal CanningCanon Bernard J. Canning  70  
The Stories Buildings Tell: Engaging with Architecture in Donegal Marianne O’Kane Boal  73  
The Coanes of Ballyshannon Helen Meehan  80  
A Fermanagh/Donegal Abduction 1839 Rev. Raymond Blair  88  
Tip O’Neill’s Buncrana LinksLeonard Roarty  93  
The Bruckless Bay Fishing DisasterAidan McConnell  98  
Archaelogy in InishowenDessie McCallion & Henry Doherty  103  
Church of Ireland Parish Churches in the Donegal GroupCanon Harry Trimble  104  
Donegal Design 1950Alan Hemmings  108  
Srair Eaglasta Bhaile na FinneAn tAthair Pádraig Ó Baoighill  110  
Book Reviews 117  
Past Presidents 120  
Donegal Bibliography 2012Helen McNutt  121  
Proceedings of the SocietyEamonn MacIntyre  139  
Officers 140  
Schools@ CompetitionsPat Shallow  141  
List of Members 145  
Calendar of Events 2013 158 
Volume 64 : 2012

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Donegal Annual 2011

The Gardeners of the Early Christian Period Seán Ó Gaoithin  5  
Post Office Savings Banks in Donegal Seán Beattie  18  
The Donegal Churches of Liam McCormick Liam S. McLaughlin  30  
The Ulster Covenant in Donegal in 1912 Aidan O’Connell  45  
Tory Island – a Review and an Apologia Dan Casey  59  
Cricket in Donegal 1865-1914 Conor Curran  64  
Maidhm Locha Monann – the great victory of Hugh Dubh O’Donnell over Conn Bacach O’Neill, Knockavoe, 1522 Darren McGettigan  71  
The Auchinlecks of Ulster Billy Finn  77  
Franciscan Superiors in Donegal Fr. Pat Conlan, OFM  84  
Climate, Famine and Fever in 18th Century Donegal H. Meehan  86  
An Investigation of the Material Culture of Donegal Franciscan Friaries in the late 16th and 17th Centuries Keith Smith  96  
Bishop Patrick McGettigan, Raphoe Canon Bernard J. Canning  105  
Canon Bernard J. CanningRev. Raymond Blair  108  
The Wilsons of Upper Cavan in America Doris Wilson Franz  113  
A Living from the Sea – Arranmore Island 1856-1956 Philip Griffin  118  
Arranmore’s Night to Remember Seán Boner  127  
James Hewitt, Fourth Viscount Lifford Kenneth Dodds  137  
Dúchas Naomh Colmcille in Éirinn agus in AlbáinSeosamh Watson  145  
Book Reviews 160  
Past Presidents 169  
Donegal Studies 2011 Helen McNutt  170  
Proceedings of the Society Eamonn MacIntyre  186  
Officers 188  
Schools’ Competitions Pat Shallow  189  
Contributors 195  
List of Members 197  
Calendar of Events 2012 Una McGarrigle  210  
Volume 63 : 2011

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Donegal Annual 2010

President: Col. Declan O’Carrol

Our President 5
New Artefacts Discovered in Ballyshannon and DerrynasserDiarmuid Ó Seaneacháin6
The Ecclesiastical site at Carrowmore, InishowenBrian Lacy11
Niall O’ Glacan (Nellano Glacan)  Conall MacCuinneagáin15
The Followers of St. Francis in Donegal Rev. Pat Conlan, OFM22
Freemasonry in DonegalSeán Beattie30
Marist Brothers from Donegal  Canon Bernard J.Canning40
Marist Priests and Nuns from Donegal Rev. Eddie Deeney44
The Donegal Militia and the Insurrection of 1798 Kenneth Dodd46
Ploughmen and Gentlemen – a Letterkenny Ploughing Match 1846Rev. Raymond Blair53
“On the Dodge” : Peadar O’Donnell in Texas Frank Shovlin57
The Demise of the English Courts in Donegal Liam Ó Duibhir64
Donegal and the Outbreak of the Northern Conflict, 1968-69Edward Longwill70
The Guild Experiment – the Lost Theatre of North-West Ulster  Nuala McAllister85
Cahir Healy MP, 1877-1970Helen Meehan92
The Cunningham family of BallybofeyIvan Knox104
The Nazareth House, Fahan, Buncrana      Rev. Philip Donnelly116
The Life and Times of Dominic O’Kelly May McClintock128
Abbeylands Plane Crash,  Ballyshannon, 1944Billy Finn132
Donegal and Derry Bishops Help Decide the 1911 North Tyrone Byelection J. Dooher137
Tógáil na Dá Stáisiún Leictreachais i nGaoth DobhairSeán Ó Domhnaill148
Book Reviews 166
Past Presidents 169
Donegal Studies 2010Helen McNutt170
Proceedings of the SocietyEamonn MacIntyre182
Officers 184
Schools’ CompetitionPat Shallow185
Contributors 190
List of Members 191
Calendar of Events 2011 202
Volume 62 : 2010

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Donegal Annual 2009

President: Col. Declan O’Carrol

County Donegal Historical Society 4
President of  Donegal Historical Society 5
Medieval Columban Pilgrimages in Derry & DonegalBrian Lacey6
J.G.Swift MacNeill, M.P., Donegal SouthSeán Beattie21
The First Voyage of Charles K. Boyd, 1892-1976                             Brian Boyd27
A Look Back at Funeral Offerings                                    John J. MacLoone29
A Ballybofey Forgotten Poet : David B. Cunningham 1880-1961       Rev. Raymond Blair32
Pat Cannon and Educational ReformPatrick Cannon38
Tattie Hokers and the IRA : the Impact of Migration to Scotland on the IRA in Donegal During the War of Independence Kelly Thompson52
Ballykinar Internment Camp, Co Down Liam Ó Duibhir60
Charles Inglis, A Bishop from Glencolmcille Conall Mac Cuinneagáin70
 The Duke of Abercorn’s Visit to ArdaraMalcolm McClure83
A View from Manor VaughanThe Hon. Hedley Strutt96
A Glorious Treasury : The Stained Glass Windows in the Church at DesertegneyRev. John R. Walsh100
The Centenary of Long Tower Church, DerryCanon Bernard J. Canning114
Disturbances in Donegal Town, Ballybofey & Stranorlar, 1898Kenneth Dodds118
The Herdmans of Sion Mills and their Connections with the RossesSeán Boner126
A Donegal Writer in GermanyHelen Meehan147
Book ReviewsA. Begley/ Soinbhe Lally154
Donegal Studies 2009Eileen Burgess156
Past Presidents 166
Proceedings of the Society Anthony Begley167
Officers 2009-10 169
Schools’ Competitions 2009Pat Shallow170
List of Members  173
Contributors 181
Calendar of Events 2010 182
Volume 61 : 2009

Donegal Annual 2008

President: Helen Meehan

County Donegal Historical Society 4
The Royal and Prior School, Raphoe : 400 yearsRev. Canon David Crooks5
The Hamiltons of Brownhall Helen Meehan38
Cottage Industries : Arts and Crafts in Donegal 1880-1920Seán Beattie59
Eighteenth Century Whaling and Shark Fishery at Inver, Donegal BayRory McNeary82
A Memorable Day in Letterkenny May McClintock98
The Earls of Arran and their Estates in County Donegal Dr. Matthew Potter102
Frances Browne and the Legends of Ulster Rev. Raymond Blair134
The GAA and Association Football in Donegal 1884-1914 Conor Curran144
Recording Donegal’s Farming Heritage Dr. Jonathan Bell and Mervyn Watson161
The “Drumboe martyrs” Rev. Dr. John J. Silke167
The Cochranes of Redcastle Dr. Niamh Brennan175
The Monastery of FahanRev. Philip Donnelly184
Revenue Collection at Greencastle and Ballyraine Brian Boyd198
The Lough Swilly RailwayJimmy McBride206
“A Champion of Liberty” – Stopford Brooke, Donegal’s Forgotten Man of LettersDr. Frank Shovlin219
The Lost Tombs of Finner Camp, Co. DonegalComdt. Kevin McDonald231
The Battle of Pettigo 1922 Leonard Roarty242
Tadhg Ó Tiománaidhe Máire T. Uí Cheallaigh248
Alexander Murray’s Killybegs Project Patrick Conaghan258
Donegal Labour in the 1923 General Election Adrian Grant275
The Adairs of Donegal : Towards a Trans-Atlantic Game Plan – Part Two…..Dr. Bob Spiegelman290
Book Reviews 306
Donegal Studies 2008Eileen Burgess314
Past Presidents 323
Proceedings of the Society 2008Anthony Begley324
Officers 2008-9 329
Schools’ Competitions 2008Pat Shallow330
List of Members 2008 333
Calendar of Events 2009 343
Volume 60 : 2008

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Donegal Annual 2007

President: Helen Meehan 

Our President 4
Donegal and Antrim Link: O’Neill and ChichesterThe Hon. Mrs. Fionn Morgan6
Commemorating the Anniversary of the Flight of the Earls in RathmullanÁ. Ní Dhuibhne34
The ChieftainAnon44
Dirge for Sir Cahir O’DohertyAnon45
O’Dogarty AddendumDr. Jerrold Casway48
Niall Garbh O’Donnell and the Rebellion of Sir Cahir O’DohertyDavid Finnegan60
1608 The Collapse of Traditional Gaelic Lordship in Co. DonegalDr. Darren McGettigan83
A Tale of Two StonesBelinda Mahaffy98
The Adairs of Donegal: Towards a Trans-Atlantic Game PlanDr. Robert Spiegelman102
Mary Rosalie Boyd South African PoetMay McClintock119
The Letterkenny Connection for Patricia Rosalie BoydBrian Brooke Boyd127
The Fianna in the Blue StacksHelen Meehan130
Philip MacDevitt Bishop of Derry 1766-97Rev. Philip Donnelly142
Captain Henry Gallaugher DSOCol. Declan O’Carrol (Retd.)164
A Unique Mummers’ Play from North DonegalDr. Alan Gailey186
Handley Air Crash in 1943 East InishowenJoe O’Loughlin197
The Civil War in Donegal 1922-23 Some ObservationsDr. Desmond Murphy207
Michael Davitt RememberedBernard O’Hara213
VEC Minutes ArchivedSandra Buchanan219
Book Reviews 220
Donegal Studies 2007Eileen Burgess227
Past Presidents 239
Proceedings of the SocietyAnthony Begley240
Officers 245
Schools’ CompetitionsPat Shallow246
List of Members 247
Calendar of Events 2008` 256
Volume 59 : 2007

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Donegal Annual 2006

Commemorating the ‘Flight of the Earls’ 

President: Vincent O’Donnell

Painting the FlightThomas Ryan5
Diary of the Flight of the EarlsTadhg Ó Cianáin7
Reflections on the Flight of the EarlsEunan O’Donnell31
The Early 17th Cent. and Rory O’DonnellHelen Meehan45
The Children of the FlightSeán Bonner67
Ballindrait and the Flight of the EarlsBelinda Mahaffy80
Aodh Óg Dubh of Ramelton 1537-1618, Senior of the Race of DálachMary Haggan85
The Flight of the Earls ‘Pilgrimage’ to RomeJohn McCavitt97
Shadows of GreatnessArthur Lemon102
Helen Allingham, the Artist and her Ballyshannon ConnectionsAnthony Begley112
Iona and Colum CilleRosemarie Doherty127
Glenswilly – from Source to the LoughMay McClintock141
Parish Committees and the Homes of Donegal 1898-1914Seán Beattie147
Private Boyle’s LetterRev. Dr. John Silke167
Railways in Donegal and the War of IndependenceLeonard Roarty172
Bishop John Keys O’Doherty 1889-1907Rev. Bernard Canning176
Vocational Education and Training in Donegal 1900-2005Sandra Buchanan181
Peter McLaughlin, Raphoe and DerryRev. Philip Donnelly194
Cuairt an Ard Easbaig Cróc ar Thír Chonaill, 1891An Dr. Pádraig Ó Baoighill203
A World Apart’: Pleasures of the Elite in Derry and Donegal, 1770-1820Dr. Nuala McAllister208
An Eilimint ‘Málainn’ i LogainmneachaPaul Tempan218
Book Reviews 220
Donegal Studies 2006Eileen Burgess227
Proceedings of the SocietyAnthony Begley240
Past Presidents & Officers 243
Schools’ CompetitionsPat Shallow245
Membership 246
Volume 58 : 2006

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Donegal Annual 2005

President: Vincent O’Donnell

Our President 3
Lucius J. Emerson 1911-2005Anthony Begley7
Arthur Balfour’s Tour of Donegal 1980Seán Beattie17
The Walled Gardens of DonegalMay McClintock30
Donegal in Industry (Manufacture of Tweeds) 51
Bram Stoker’s Donegal RootsBilly Finn61
The Tithe Disturbances in ClonmanyGodfrey F. Duffy72
The Otherworld, the Underworld and the Underwater World in Donegal FolkloreHelen Meehan87
Doon Rock and the Flight of the EarlsJohn McCavitt110
The Migration Story of John Toland 1670-1722Brian Lambkin115
Some Fragments of Fairy Folklore from Magh IthaBelinda Mahaffy127
William Alfred Lipsett 1886-1915Anthony P. Quinn135
A Cultural Heritage Project 2002-’07Bernie Campbell139
The Irish in the Pacific North WestTimothy J. Sarbaugh142
Carndonagh Cross Restoration ProjectJohn Kelly153
An Clár Dá-TheangachPádraig Ó Baoighill162
Donegal StudiesEileen Burgess173
Book Reviews 183
Proceedings of the SocietyAnthony Begley192
Giraldus Cambrensis & Royal Inauguration in Tír ChonaillCharles Doherty195
Schools’ CompetitionsPat Shallow197
Officers & Membership 201
Volume 57 : 2005

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Donegal Annual 2004

President: Anthony Begley

The Fountain of Life’ – Donegal and the Literary RevivalFrank Shovlin4
Clann Fhiangusa and the Pedigree of Flann Mac Máile DúinTomás G. Ó Canann20
Villages in Inver ParishHelen Meehan27
Patrick Cardinal O’Donnell and the Irish LanguagePádraig Ó Baoighill46
A Small Farm in the RossesJonathen Bell54
Some Church of Ireland Churches in the Diocese of RaphoeDavid Crooks64
Relieving the Destitute Poor – A History of Milford WorkhouseArlene Crampsie68
The Irish Liberty BellEanna Mac Cuinneagáin88
Louis J. Walsh – A Contribution to Irish HistoryAmelia Walsh92
Some Notes on the Crockett Family of DonegalBelinda Mahaffy95
Longbhriseadh Tubaisteach an ‘Exmouth Castle’Sorcha Ní Chafraidh109
Caol Uisce and Domhnach Mór – Two Medieval Mysteries by the ErneDiarmuid Ó Seaneachain116
Shamrock and EdelweissManus Canning126
Donegal StudiesEileen Burgess130
Book Reviews 136
Proceedings of the SocietyAnthony Begley137
Curator’s ReportLucius Emerson139
Schools’ CompetitionsPat Shallow142
Obituary       Kathleen Emerson & Fr. Jimmy Shields 146
Officers & Membership 151
Volume 56 : 2004

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Donegal Annual 2003

President: Anthony Begley

Archaeological Investigations at BallyshannonBrian Ó Donnchadha4
Chris McDonagh 1905-’60Joseph O Hegarty16
St. Columba’s, the Old Church in Straide, ClonmanyCatherine McWilliams26
Amédée Pichot & Paul Balze in Gweedore, Aug. 1847C.W.P. McArthur45
The Liberator’ 1839; A Forgotten Ballyshannon NewspaperAnthony Begley54
Some Archaeological Finds in Inver ParishHelen Meehan70
Irish Redcoat, Minutemen and Philanthropist: Donegal’s Hugh CargillDavid Moore82
Thomas Colin McGinley 1830-’87Eanna Mac Cuinneagáin84
Donegal StudiesLiam Rónáin99
Book Reviews 111
Proceedings of the SocietyAnthony Begley116
Curator’s ReportLucius Emerson118
Schools’ CompetitionsPat Shallow119
Officers & Membership 126
Volume 55 : 2003

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Donegal Annual 2002

President: Anthony Begley

Our President 4
Donegal Wild Geese in the Hôtel Royal des InvalidesEoghan Ó hAnnracháin6
Niall Garbh Ó Domhnaill (continued)Adhamhnán Ó Domhnaill19
Na LothiansPádraig Ó Baoighill50
Holy Water Stroup and Rock Art Discovered in Inishowen GraveyardThomas Gallagher59
Two Early 17th Cent. Co. Donegal Rent RollsSimon Elliott61
The Druid Circle’Dominic Kelly (R.I.P.)76
When Raphoe first had Two BishopsHelen Meehan79
The Simincas Castle AddressAdhamhnán Ó Domhnaill94
Donegal StudiesLiam Rónáin97
Book Reviews 110
Proceedings of the SocietyAnthony Begley117
Curator’s ReportLucius Emerson119
Schools’ CompetitionsPat Shallow120
Obituary- D.J. Williams & Seán Ó hEochaidh `122
Officers & Membership 128
Volume 54 : 2002

Donegal Annual 2001

President: Eddie O’Kane

Niall Garbh Ó DomhnaillAdhamhnán Ó Domhnaill4
Castleport BroochCormac Bourke & Pádraig Ua Cnáimhsí40
Folklore in N.W. UlsterSeán Beattie44
Hugh Rogan: His influence in TennesseeCaneta Harkins50
Donegal Orphan GirlsMay McClintock59
Ignatius McHugh: His Unpublished DiaryHelen Meehan66
Cardinal O’Donnell and his Association with ScotlandCanon Bernard Canning75
Patrick Pearse and the Pulpit of the Four MastersFr. Fennessy O.F.M.81
An Bóthar IarainnM. O Callaghan81
Authorship of Facts from GweedoreC.W.P. McArthur90
Donegal StudiesLiam Ó Rónáin102
Book Reviews 114
Proceedings of the SocietyAnthony Begley116
Curator’s ReportLucius Emerson117
Schools’ Competitions 2001Pat Shallow118
Obituary – Canon Liam McCaulA. Ó D.120
Officers & Membership 122
Volume 53 : 2001

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