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Learn Donegal

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Letterkenny Institute of Technology - Image courtesy of LYIT
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Ceol na Cille Irish Music School
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Ohio University Summer Programme - Image courtesy Sonya Paclob
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Killybegs Catering College - Image courtesy of LYIT
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Pat Loughrey Portrait

Patrick Loughrey was born in 1955 and grew up in County Donegal in the townland of Ray (pronounced as 'Rai'), on the shores of Lough Swilly. He attended Loreto College in Milford, and went on to study at the University of Ulster (BA Hons Contemporary History), The Queen's University of Belfast (... Read more.

Organisation

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The Ballyshannon and District museum is a grassroots project driven by community spirit and inspired by the town and hinterland’s rich heritage. The museum is dedicated to the preservation of the shared histories of the local community and to the presentation of such stories through exciting... Read more.

Place

Hiring Fairs - Image Courtesy of the Donegal Public Art Office

Between the 17th and 19th centuries hiring fairs became widespread throughout Ireland. However, this practice survived in Letterkenny, Co. Donegal and in Strabane County Tyrone into the 1940s.

All over the Ulster province – from Donegal Town to Ballycastle hiring days took place in major... Read more.

Article

A Jig in the Poorhouse

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No event was more important in the making of modern Donegal and its diaspora than the Great Famine of 1845–52. Here, in a recent essay in the Dublin Review of Books, Ardara native Breandán Mac Suibhne considers a number of recent publications on the Famine. The essay will be of... Read more.

Project

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Hedge Schools developed out of the severity of the infamous Penal Laws, passed between 1702 and 1719 under English rule. These penal laws were imposed in an attempt to force Irish Catholics and Protestant dissenters to accept the reformed Christian faith as defined by the English state... Read more.