Donegal oral history recordings

By staff reporter


By staff reporter


Heritage officer, Joseph Gallagher

The search is on to help track down oral history recordings from Donegal as part of an audit on the subject by the County Heritage Office.

If you know of, or have made any recordings of Donegal people, or know where any such material exists then the County Donegal Heritage Office of Donegal County Council would like to hear from you.

As part of the implementation of the County Donegal Heritage Plan, Donegal County Council in partnership with The Heritage Council has commissioned an audit of oral history recordings and collections from County Donegal.

Dr. Tomás Mac Conmara, an oral historian from County Clare, has been actively engaged in the collection of oral history and folklore for many years. He explained that the creation of a database, which identifies what has been recorded over the years and where the material currently is, will offer for the first time a coherent representation of the folkloric heritage, documented by a variety of people over many decades, relating to County Donegal.


County Donegal Heritage Officer, Joseph Gallagher said: “We have a tremendously rich oral tradition in County Donegal in both the Irish and English languages and one of the purposes of this audit will be to document the known oral history recordings that exist for for County Donegal”.

If you have any information on oral history recordings or collections on County Donegal topics, people or places, please contact the Heritage Office, Donegal County Council on (074) 917 2576 or by e-mail at