The County Donegal Historical Society launched their bumper new 2014 annual in Ballybofey on Tuesday.
Once again the book is filled with a raft of interesting and detailed articles on all manner of historical subjects.
It was officially launched by Donegal Person of the Year, Liam Ó Cuinneagáin, at a function in Jackson’s Hotel in Ballybofey.
Guests arrived to the beautiful sounds of traditional music played by Letterkenny’s Liam and Eoin Orr, who played a number of tunes during the event.
Rev. Dr. Padraig Ó Baoighill, society president, welcomed all the guest to the launch and introduced a number other contributors attending the launch including William Holmes who penned an article on the War of Independence and the Laggan, Terry Dolan who features the Surveys and Rentals of the Manor of Castlefinn 1631-1835, Rev. Ray Blair who examines the business interest of former Glenveagh land lord John George Adair and Rene Balthasar, a German archeologist who penned an in depth article on the Malinmore Portal tomb complex.
Fr Padraig Ó Baoighill congratulated all involved with the production deeming it “a great work of art and you can be very proud”.
Annual editor Sean Beattie told the audience that the cover of this years edition featured a stunning painting called “Errigal in Autumn” by Donegal born artist Carey Clarke.
He outlined that this years publication features total of 22 contributors, half of which are members of the society and said credit must also go to Peter McGarrigle, who oversees the distribution of the annual to five continents.
Special guest Liam Ó Cuinneagáin officially performed the launch and outlined the importance of the work of documenting the fascinating history of the county.
“Through it I have discovered so much about my county,” he stated.
He added the production was “another stone” in the memory of those who founded the society back in the 1940’s.
He highlighted that each publication was “a remarkable resource for us” and was an important tool for his in helping develop cultural tourism in the county.
For more information of the society see www.donegalhistory.com