Donegal migration explored


Donegal migration explored

A new free booklet on the material culture of the Donegal Diaspora, as well as their migration patterns, will be launched this week. 

The County Donegal Heritage Office and the County Donegal Heritage Forum in partnership with The Heritage Council has produced the booklet on selected historical migration patterns from Donegal and the items that Donegal people took with them when they left.  

Entitled ‘Material Culture of Donegal Communities Abroad’ it will be launched as part of the Donegal-Irish Diaspora Conference which takes place at Letterkenny Institute of Technology on Thursday, May 19.  

The 32-page, A5-size booklet is the second in the 'Donegal Heritage Series' produced by the County Donegal Heritage Office as part of the by the County Donegal Heritage Plan and includes the several narrative accounts.

 Among them are Dr. Fidelma Mullane who considers the possessions and provisions that Donegal emigrants took with them when they went to America in the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries. The research draws upon the 1955 questionnaire on Irish emigration to America devised by Arnold Schrier in collaboration with the Irish Folklore Commission. 

Dr. Jonathan Bell and Mr. Mervyn Watson investigate the agricultural implements and ideas that seasonal migrants from Donegal took with them when they went to Scotland in the nineteenth and twentieth centuries. 

 Dr. Caoimhín Mac Aoidh recounts the story of renowned-Donegal fiddler Danny Meehan in England and Wales in the mid-twentieth century. Dr. Caoimhín Mac Aoidh is a musician, Irish music scholar and former Chief Executive of Donegal Local Development Company.

If you would like to register for the free Donegal-Irish Diaspora Conference,  you can register for the event on the Donegal County Council website at  

Copies of the booklet will also be available from the County Donegal Heritage Office, Donegal County Council on (074) 917 2576 or by e-mail at  

The booklet can also be downloaded free-of-charge from the County Donegal Heritage Office website at