The latest volume of Dearcadh, the Ardara Annual (pictured right) goes on sale this weekend.
This beautiful book is full is a wonderful read, an ideal gift to yourself or to anyone interested in local history, folklore and culture, especially those living away from home.
Eddie O’Donnell, a member of the editorial team of twelve, told the Donegal Democrat yesterday, “We are very proud of this publication, as the quality of the articles is as good as you would find anywhere. With around 200 pages, and featuring loads of wonderful illustrations and historical photographs, its packed full of fascinating details.
“For example, Moira Mallon, of Killybegs, discovered a wealth of information about the ships that patrolled the Atlantic during World War I and came into the harbour at Killybegs. It was a bustling town, one of the top ports ports for the British Navy. The photographs are amazing. It’s a part of our history that people don’t necessarily know about.
“This is the 33rd edition of Dearcadh, and we are delighted that over the years so many people have become loyal fans of the Annual. We know that they keep their copies for years on end, to refer back to from time to time, and by doing this, they build up a invaluable resource of information regarding our extraordinarily rich local heritage.
“Our contributors come from all different backgrounds, from our religious leaders giving us lots of information from church records regarding births and deaths as well as fascinating articles on varied subjects, to Frank Shovlin and Thomas Campbell with some superb writing about families from Portnoo and experiences in Australia respectively. Siobhan McNelis also recalls in vivid detail how the big fire in Ardara this May approached her house and Harry Walsh wrote about the heroism of the local people who helped fight the fires. There are well over 30 articles, all of them wonderful reads providing great insights into the lives, times, history and culture of south west Donegal.
“We are all indebted to Eunan O’Donnell who typed up all the stories, along with Emer Cahill, and Seamus Hayden who designed the cover, and to all our contributors, our volunteers and editorial committee for their professionalism and good cheer.”
The Annual will be widely available throughout south and west Donegal from this weekend. At a cost of just €8, it’s tremendous value and a gift that will no doubt be gratefully received and thoroughly enjoyed.