‘Here comes summer’, as the song says, and that means it’s time for the County Donegal Historical Society to put on the walking shoes for their very very popular Field Days.
This year there are four and they span the entire county.
First is the Isle of Doagh, near Clonmany, on June 24th at the Famine Village. Among the places to be visited are Carrickabreaghy Castle and local rock art with Marius Harkin as the guide. Meet at the Famine Village car park at 3pm.
On July 8th the venue is the Church of Ireland in Stranorlar with Aubrey Oliver as guide. Two natives of the village will be the focus of attention on this occasion: Isaac Butt who championed Home Rule and who is buried in the C of I cemetery and Frances Browne, the poetess and writer who lost her sight at an early age and is now acknowledged as a genius. Meet at 3 pm at the Church.
Rutland island, off Burtonport, will be the destination on August 5th. This island is steeped in history and the guide will be Sean Boner, a native of nearby Arranmore island. Napper Tandy landed here on one famous occasion. This one has an earlier start. Meet at Burtonport pier at 2 pm.
Finally, it’s off to beautiful Bundoran on August 26th and a historical walking tour of the town with Marc Geagan as the guide. Interesting title for this Field Day, “ A tale of two towns.” Meet at the library car park at 3 pm.
The Society welcomes new members and full details can be had from their website www.donegalhistory.com. Or contact the Honorary Secretary: Mrs. Una McGarrigle, Parkhill, Ballyshannon. There’s a céad mile fáilte extended to you to attend any of the above events and there’s no need to book in advance, except perhaps for Rutland island. Any such details will be posted on the website beforehand.