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‌The Echoes of the Decade Oral History project


Echoes of the Decade was a joint Donegal County Archives and Donegal County Museum Project, funded by the SEUPB under the Peace IV Programme and running from January 2020 to April 2021. The Echoes of the Decade project's aim was to promote understanding of different cultural traditions and narratives. The project focused on the legacy of Ireland's Decade of Centenaries (1912-23) and the lasting legacy of these years in County Donegal. This cross-community project involved workshops with children and a young people, as well as an Oral History project. The Echoes of the Decade aim was to promote understanding of different cultural traditions and narratives.


The Oral History strand of the project took place  during the Autumn and Winter of 2020. Oral Historian Regina Fitzpatrick  interviewed 12 individuals  (by phone) from around County Donegal . These recordings have preserved an invaluable record of the passed-down memories of Donegal during this critical period in our recent history.


These recorded interviews are now in the Collection of Donegal County Archives. 11 of these recordings have been uploaded. The Archives Service wishes to very sincerely and warmly thank all the participants in the project, especially the interviewees who gave freely of their time in the midst of the first year of the Covid-19 pandemic. Many thanks are also due to Regina Fitzpatrick for undertaking this oral history project and doing it so brilliantly.


 Echoes: George Mills: Description of Interview


 Echoes: Helen Meehan, Interview Description




 Echoes: William Holmes, Interview Description






 Echoes: James Buchanan, Interview Description






 Echoes: Jimmy McGill Interview Description






Echoes: Rosaleen Harte, Interview description (Peace IV)





 Echoes: Teish & Paddy Doherty description of interview






S‌eosamh Ó Ceallaigh, Co. Donegal




 Echoes: Stewart McClean Interview Description


Niall McGinley Interview Description (updated)

To listen to Niall and Brian McGinley's interview, please make an appointment with the Archives Service,‌