Heritage Week Donegal showcases a rich and varied history

County Donegal was the county with the most events per head of population in Ireland with over 120 events to choose from during Heritage Week this year including the 3rd Annual Drumhome Heritage Society Walk

Democrat Reporter


Democrat Reporter



Heritage Week Donegal

Mary Kate McGarrigle singing Red is the Rose in McCaffertys Barn following the 3rd annual Drumhome Heritage Walk

National Heritage Week in Donegal served up a great variety of events from to a Heritage & ‘Star Wars’ guided walk at Malin Head to a museum opening in Bundoran and from following the path of the Knitters along Gweebarra Bay to an 1828 Jailbreak in Lifford!
Most of the events were free and were organised by over 80 local heritage groups and individuals interested in conserving and promoting their heritage.
In 2018, the European Year of Cultural Heritage, County Donegal was the county with the most events per head of population in Ireland with over 120 events to choose from.
People had a chance to get a ‘behind the scenes’ look at several open houses such a traditional cottage in Derryconnor, the railway station house in Cashelnagor, the Covenanter Church in Convoy, a railway crossing cottage near Donegal Town, the lighthouse keepers’ houses at St. John’s Point, the eighteenth-century land agent’s house in Maghery, the O’Doherty’s Keep in Buncrana, Doe Castle, the Masonic Hall in Donegal Town, the Pilot’s Cottage near Downings, an artist’s studio at Cavanacor House in Ballindrait and a two-storey traditional farmhouse in Carrigart.
The theme of this year’s Heritage Week was ‘Share a Story’ and there were reminiscence sessions across the county as well as book launches in Glebe House and Bundoran, a heritage trail launch in Ballyshannon and the unveiling of a townlands marker in Ardara.
There were about 40 fieldtrips, guided walks and tours taking place across the county and 20 exhibitions that ran throughout the week.

Drumhome Heritage Society Walk

The rain did not dampen the spirits of the 95 people who attended the 3rd Annual Drumhome Heritage Society Walk to Ard Fothaidh Glassbolie. 
The walk was led by Dr. Brian Lacey who gave very interesting insights into the Ballymagroarty Monastery, Colmcille's connections to the area, McGonigle's Fort/Ard Fothaidh and Drumhome Monastery.

Dr.Brian Lacey taking of the rich history of Ard Fothaidh and Colmcilles connections with Drumhome

The Drumhome Heritage Society are very thankful to so many people who put in huge effort to make this event such a success. Big thanks to all the land owners along the track especially Tony McCafferty for allowing us to walk to the Fort and so generously letting us have the use of his great barn for refreshments and music after the walk.
A sincere thanks to our neighbours for all their good will and co-operation with this event.
A massive thanks to all willing hands who worked over the past number of weeks to clear the track of brambles and overgrown hedges and grass and made it such a delightful approach to the fort for all the walkers.
Entertainment and tea was served up in McCafferty's Barn following our Heritage Week 2018 Walk.
The damp conditions outdoors were soon forgotten with the wonderful entertainment and plenty of hot tea/coffee, scones and home bakes served up in our pop-up rustic tea house.
Many thanks to all our musicians and singers including Danny Meehan, Conor Cassidy, James McNamee, Thomas McGarrigle, Donal Kelly, Tadhg McGarrigle, Emily McNamee, Mary Kate McGarrigle, Benny McGinny, Aoife Carron, Bernie Quinn, Michael Gallagher Ballyshannon, Philip McGroarty, Pierce Ferriter, and Brian Curristan who also supplied mics and amps for the evening.
Thanks to all who got the barn ready, baked, helped with the tea and transported all necessary equipment from St. Bridget’s Community Centre which they so graciously let us borrow for the occasion.
Thanks to those who provided transport, stewards along the roads and sponsors of prizes.
We would like to express our thanks to Dr. Brian Lacey Archaeologist and leading authority on St. Colmcille who was our historical speaker, Malcolm Scott of Sli Colmcille, Helen Meehan local historian and writer, Dr. Fiona Beglane of Disert Heritage, Una McGarrigle of Donegal Historical society, Keith Corcoran local historian and writer of Drumhome ‘Stepping Back in Time’.

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