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: www.donegalhistory.com
Schools Competition Results for Past Years
Results and pictures for the 2009 Schools Competition can be found here
Results and pictures for the 2010 Schools Competition can be found here
Results and pictures for the 2011 Schools Competition can be found here
Results and pictures for the 2012 Schools Competition can be found here
Results and pictures for the 2013 Schools Competition can be found here
Results and pictures for the 2015 Schools Competition can be found here
Results and pictures for the 2016 Schools Competition can be found here
Local Libraries across Donegal can be a valuable source of information and guidance. Staff are knowledgeable and helpful and some libraries have an excellent local studies section.
Central Library, Letterkenny
- Una Mathewson is in charge of the 'Local Studies' section which is an invaluable collection of pamphlets, offprints, newspapers, photographs, microfilms, cds, etc. dealing with the history of Donegal. - Donegal Democrat on microfilm - Complete set of Donegal Annuals
- Derry Journal on microfilm - Copies of Donegal Annuals - Local studies materials relevant to Inishowen
Donegal Town Library
- Local Studies section focusing on the south of the county
Leabharlann Phobail Ghaoith Dobhair
- Local Studies section concentrating on the Gaeltacht area and Gaelic culture.
The county archives in Lifford contains a wide range of material relevant to the history of the County. It is run by Niamh Brennan, County Archivist and appointments are necessary to view materials. Some examples of the type of materials available are: Oral history tapes, postcards, Valuation Registers, Roll books, photographs, maps, District Inspector's reports, Local election registers, Local ballads, Labourers' cottages, Workhouse registers, School records, County Council and UDC minutes as well as rural district Councils 1898-1925.
Ulster American Folk Park
Good information on emigration from this area and some of this material is available online.
Public Record Office of Northern Ireland
National Library of Ireland
Irish Ancestors website has links to records, books, census and valuation returns connected to Donegal.
Donegal Studies website gives details of Facilities in Donegal libraries.