Learn Donegal

Learn Donegal

Learn the native tongue, study for a degree or realise an ambition to develop new skills. Donegal offers you hundreds of opportunities to learn.

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Higher Education Guide to the North West of Ireland

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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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Technology at LYIT - Image courtesy of LYIT
Further and Higher Education Guide to the North West of Ireland
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Profile

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

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In August of 2013, a field beside a churchyard in Drumholm became the site of a major Irish archaeological discovery.  The remains of a 1300 year old monastery and its surrounding settlement were found.  So significant was the find that it was immediately put on par with the more famous ... Read more.

Article

The Famine in Donegal

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During the Great Hunger Donegal had a population of nearly 30,000 people, more than two thirds were involved in agriculture using one third of the county’s land.  As a result Famine in the 1840s had a devastating effect on the people.  The diet of the time consisted of potatoes, herring, salt,... 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.