County Donegal Historical Society


Donegal Historical Society Field day in Letterkenny on Sunday Aug. 13th.

Meet at 3pm meet at St. Eunan's College, Letterkenny and take a trip through Letterkenny’s historic Cathedral Quarter visiting St. Eunan’s Cathedral, Conwal Parish Church and Trinity Presbyterian Church while taking in historical events from the Plantation of Ulster and Penal Times to World War 1 and the War of Independence. Tour guide will be Kieran Kelly, author of "Letterkenny: Where the Winding Swilly Flows" Tickets for refreshments available prior to departure at €5 per person. Enquiries 0872261378.


County Donegal Historical Society
Cumann Staire Chondae Dhún na nGall
Presents Adopt a Monument OR an Historical Building in your area.
Schools Competition 2017

What: For this year’s Donegal Historical Schools Competition we are asking you to find and adopt an archaeological monument or an historic building in your own area. It could even be your very own school if it is old enough! Other possible historic buildings could be mills, kilns, court houses, old schools, stately homes, banks, old hotels, the list is endless!
How? You are asked to research and create a project about your adopted archaeological monument or historic building. You can submit an entry as a class or as an individual and there are prizes for primary and secondary school classes and students.
When? The closing date for the receipt of entries is Wednesday, April 12, 2017.
Why? As if the satisfaction of gaining countywide recognition for your work isn’t enough, the County Donegal Historical Society is offering the following prizes:
Harley - McDonagh Trophy & €300: Best Primary School Class Entry
Fr. Jackie Fitzgerald Memorial Trophy & €300: Best Secondary School Class Entry
Emerson Award & €100: Best Primary Student Entry
Donald Mac Lochlainn Trophy & €200: Best Secondary Student Entry
Want to find out more? Full details are available from your teacher and on the County Donegal Historical Society website at:

To download entry form for 2017 Schools Competition click here

For information and directions for the 2017 Schools Competitions click here

Annual Coach Outing on April 29th, 2017.

We are going to visit The Seamus Heaney Centre,which covers 3 floors depicting the life and works of this famous Author. There we will have tea/coffee, We then go to Springhill House which is a 17th-century plantation house in the townland of Ballindrum near Moneymore, County Derry.It has been the property of the National Trust since 1957 and, in addition to the house, gardens and park, there is a costume collection and a purported ghost. Refreshments may be purchased there.
We then drive to Draperstown where you can browse in the shops and have some leisure time. To finalise the day we have a lovely 3 course dinner in the popular Mount Errigal Hotel. Letterkenny.
All at a nominal price of €60, which includes coach, entries to Seamus Heaney Centre, and Springhill House. Midday snacks are optional and at your own cost. As always we also welcome non members of the Society to join us on this trip. Pick up Points are Ballyshannon at 7.30am and then on to the Abbey Hotel, Donegal Town, Butt Hall Ballybofey and finally at The Clanree Hotel, Letterkenny. Contact Una at 0872261378

Old News Reports on earlier activities of the Association can be found in Past Events