Woodlawn Holiday Home Stranorlar

Woodlawn Cottage is a detached six bedroom holiday home that can comfortably sleep up to sixteen people.

Letterkenny Union and Workhouse Digital Records

Letterkenny Union and Workhouse Digital Records


We are pleased to announce that through funding from the Department of Arts, Heritage and the Gaeltacht, we have been able to digitise records relating to Letterkenny Union and Workhouse.

In order to enable full access to the records and to ensure the continued preservation of the original archives, the Museum and Archives Service have digitised a selection of the records and made them available for viewing in the Museum. These records include:

  • Minutes of the meetings of the Board of Guardians of Letterkenny Union, 1841 – 1923;
  • the Registers of persons admitted to and discharged from Letterkenny workhouse 1855 – 1864; 1869 – 1899; 1864 – 1878;
  • the Indoor Relief Register 1910 – 1915;
  • the Record of Deaths 1910 – 1922.

The original archives are in the care of the Archives Service, Donegal County Council. In order to enable full access to the records and to ensure the continued preservation of the original archives, the Museum and Archives Service have digitised a selection of the records and made them available for viewing in the Museum.

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It is rare that so many records have survived relating to the Workhouses and these archives provide a unique opportunity to gain a fascinating insight into the social history of the period.

Donegal County Museum is based in the Entrance Block of the Letterkenny Workhouse, which opened in 1845.

The Workhouse was demolished in the 1980’s and the County Museum is the only remaining building.


Donegal County Museum


Letterkenny Workhouse

Donegal App 2015




Our friends at Donegal App are in the process of completing the 2015 Donegal App, a free smart travel guide to the northwest. They list some 600 places on the eight tours app, but they want to make sure they haven’t missed out on anywhere special, so feel free to list where your favourite place in Donegal is.

They’re particularly looking for hidden gems – if they have already included it, they’ll ‘like’ your suggestion and if not, they’ll thank you kindly for helping make this popular app even better for the coming year.


Donegal App



Malin Head Coastal Walk

malin head coastal walk

Banba’s Crown at Malin Head, Inishowen, Co. Donegal, is the most northerly point of the Irish mainland and is named after Banba was one of the mythical queens of Ireland. At Banba’s Crown you can’t miss the building known locally as the “The Tower” which was built in 1908 by the Admiralty, and later used as a Lloyds Signal Station. Not only is this Ireland’s most northerly point, but an area of great scenic beauty, and of historical, scientific and ecological importance.

Not surpisingly it is also a perfect starting point for a remarkable ramble along a newly developed coastal walk overlooking the cliffs to Hell’s Hole, a subterranean cavern 250 feet long and 8 feet wide, into which the wild Atlantic ocean crashes in with great force. The walk has plenty of benches sited along the way to take in the breathtaking views. This is well worth a visit. Enjoy this stunning walk and Ireland at its best. Banba Crown, Malin Head, nestled in Inishowen, Co. Donegal.

Caffe Banba at Malin Head

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Rathmullan Charters 2015

Rathmullan Charters

Rathmullan Charters 2015

Call Angela on +353 87 2480132 or Neil on +353 87 0507464

Rathmullan Charters boats will be operating again for the season from mid-May 2015
Call Angela on +353 87 2480132 or Neil on +353 87 0507464 for details of available dates and special deals for groups of up to 12 persons.

Lough Swilly SAC will begin the new season with the first trip of the year from Rathmullan in mid-April. There are some places available for non members so anyone interested in going out for a good day’s fishing should give us a call on +353 87 2480132

The 49th Lough Swilly Tope and whitefish Festival will be held over the Whit weekend 30th May and 1st June. Anglers can fish in either section with a total prize fund of over 1000 euros. There are still some places available on both days – the entry fee is €60 per day for seniors and €35 for juniors.

Angela on +353 87 2480132 to book

View Holiday Homes in Rathmullan

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Hollie Rose Cottage Ballyliffin Inishowen

Hollie Rose Cottage is located at Aughrim Heights, close to the centre of Ballyliffin village and is within walking distance of Pollan Beach.

New Malin Head Tourism Project

New Malin Head Tourism Project – A Malin Head tourism project has been launched which will see development of a cliff top path and a viewing platform at this iconic visitor attraction. In welcoming guests to the launch of the EU funded marine tourism project at Malin Head, television personality Joe Mahon explained that the INTREERG IVA funded project will enhance, protect and promote the unique environment of Ireland’s most northerly point.

Part of the project works will see the building of passing places along the roads leading to the headland. A disabled viewing access area and cliff top trail will allow the visitor to safely enjoy the fabulous views across to Inishtrahull island and the Scottish isles beyond.

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The aim of the development of facilities at Malin Head is to enhance the visitor experience and increase tourism in the area.

Donegal County Council and Loughs Agency are working together to develop a tourism product that will create many long-term benefits for the local community.

The Malin Head project represents an example of excellent partnership working between Loughs Agency (as lead partner) and Donegal County Council (as project partner). The Loughs Agency plans several other marine tourism and angling development projects funded by a €4 million programme of investment through the European Union’s INTERREG IVA programme, managed by the Special EU Programmes Body.

Speaking at the launch, John Pollock (Acting Chief Executive of the Loughs Agency) highlighted that the Malin Head project presents a fantastic opportunity to enhance the tourism offer at this iconic place. He went on to praise the contribution of local landowners, the wider Malin Head community, Donegal County Council and council staff without whom the project could not have gone ahead. John went on to explain that EU funding has proved an enabler – the finance to match the goodwill of local people, the efforts of council staff and the perseverance of Loughs Agency staff.

Donegal County Council’s Tourism Development Officer commented: “Donegal County Council is delighted to be working with Loughs Agency and the SEUPB in the delivery of this project. The Malin Head project is part of Donegal County Councils ongoing efforts to develop the area as a world-class visitor destination. In addition to the support of the local landowners and Malin Head Community Association, this project is the result of the hard work of the Malin Head Steering Group, chaired by Inishowen Development Partnership”.

It is hoped that the project will complete later this year.

Traditional Irish Hand Loom Donegal

Traditional Irish Hand Loom Donegal

This video shows Cyndi Graham from St. John’s Point in Donegal making a scarf on a traditional Irish hand loom. Directed by Shauna Boyle for an IADT project.

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Address: St John’s Point, Dunkineely, Co Donegal, Republic of Ireland

Donegal Irish Diaspora Conference

Donegal Irish Diaspora Conference – Speakers from all over the world will be coming to Donegal early next month where they will congregate to share their own stories and their own research into the history, experiences and legacy of Donegal people who emigrated and made new lives for themselves in various parts of the world.

Plans are now well underway for the major Donegal Irish Diaspora Conference which is being hosted by Donegal County Council in LYIT on 4th and 5th June.

According to a spokesperson the conference will hear from Prof. David Emmons, a highly acclaimed expert on the legacy of the Irish and in particular the Donegal Irish in Butte Montana.

Prof Emmons is Emeritus Professor of History with the University of Montana and has published literature on this era of American history.

He is also an expert on the life of the Irish emigrants who went to work in the mining communities in Montana.

Life was hard for these emigrants but despite the gruelling and dangerous work, many of these Irish men and women have left a legacy that continues to shape and influence American society today.

A substantial number of these emigrants were from Inishowen.

Kevin Cullen, well known reporter with the Boston Globe and co-author of “Whitey Bulger: America’s Most Wanted Gangster” and of “Betrayal:The Crisis in the Catholic Church” will also be addressing the conference along with Professor Tom Devine OBE, Director of the Scottish Centre for Diaspora Studies at Edinburgh who will be discussing the Donegal Irish in Scotland since the Great War.

This conference is being held as part of the Councils ‘Hands of History’ project which is being funded under the Donegal CDB Peace & Reconciliation Partnerships PEACE III Programme

Michael Heaney, Director of Service with Donegal County Council has said it’s an important event; “We are delighted to be hosting such an event with such a broad and interesting group of speakers highlighting the importance of the Donegal connection abroad.

“This conference will address the history, experiences and legacy of the Irish Diaspora and will focus on the profound effect these Irish people have had on the countries they migrated to and on Ireland itself.

“The Diaspora is a key resource for Ireland in economic, political and cultural terms, not least as evidenced by its influence on the Irish Peace Process and its contribution to the economic development of the country”.

Irish Diaspora Conference