Dioceses 'Hallowed Halls' book launched

Dioceses 'Hallowed Halls' book launched

Dioceses 'Hallowed Halls' book launched

Eamonn mcfadden

Despite the harsh winter weather conditions a crowd gathered in Dunfanaghy Workhouse on Monday evening for the launch of new book - "Hallowed Halls" - by local author Seamus Harkin.

It is a 235 page full colour book of every church of denominations in the diocese of Raphoe.

Rev Jim Lamont, Fr Martin Doohan and Archdeacon Scot Harte were on hand on the night to perform the launch.

Seamus claims these Hallowed Halls are an important part of our countryside and their architecture enhances our towns, villages and rural country scenes.

He added that he was especially pleased with the crowd who attended the event on Monday as the local road conditions were poor but they still managed to have an enjoyable evening.

Complied in "walking order" starting with St Columba's Church at Cashel near Doe Castle going around the diocese via Dungloe and Glencolumbkille, back through Ballyshannon on to Ballybofey, Letterkenny, Ramelton and Rathmullen ending up in Downings.

Speaking of the book he said: "Each building holds special memories for those who attend regularly. They continue to play a part in the fabric of Irish life, as they host our baptisms, confirmations, weddings and funerals.

"The route I followed when visiting the churches is a truly enjoyable way to explore this beautiful part of Donegal," he said.

This is the second book by Seamus, who is a well-known undertaker as well as musician and expert local historian in recent time.

Two years ago he complete ‘It took a lifetime', an entertaining collection of his experiences over his life in the locality of Creeslough and its surrounds.