‘The Little Book of Donegal’ was officially launched last Monday evening, 22nd August in the Central Library, Letterkenny.
The book, published by The History Press Ireland, is written by Cathal Coyle, a librarian from Stewartstown in County Tyrone, who has ancestral links to Donegal.
The villages of Stewartstown and Rathmullan share a unique historical link, as it was the Tyrone village where Hugh ‘The Great’ O’Neill sought refuge on a Crannog in Crieve Lough before making the journey to the Fanad Peninsula and embarking on the ‘Flight of the Earls’ along with Rory O’Donnell and others in 1607.
Executive Librarian of Donegal County Library, Helen McNutt, welcomed everyone at the event, while All-Ireland winning Gaelic Football manager Brian McEniff was guest speaker, and endorsed the book in glowing terms.
The author Cathal Coyle described the background to the research and writing elements of the book and offered a brief flavour of the book’s contents.
The Little Book of Donegal is a compendium of fascinating, strange and entertaining facts about County Donegal – here you will find out about Donegal’s folklore and customs, its proud sporting heritage, its castles, forts and stone castles.
Through historic towns and along the ‘Wild Atlantic Way’ this book takes the reader on a journey through Donegal and its vibrant past. A reliable reference book and a quirky guide, this can be dipped into time and time again to reveal something new about the wonderful people and heritage of Donegal.
Pictured are Cathal Coyle the author, centre with Brian McEniff who spoke at the launch and Cathal's brother Kevin at the launch in Letterkenny.