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The Great Famine/ An Gorta Mór

A book of four essays on the subject of the Great Famine in County Donegal was published by Donegal County Council Archives & Museum as part of the programme for the National Commemoration held in Milford, 2023. To download in English or as Gaeilge, please see below:

The Consequences shall be Fearful: The Great Famine in County Donegal, Essays,  by Hilary McLaughlin-Stonham

Great Famine in Donegal English V


Scanraithe faoina bhfuil i ndán: An Gorta Mór i nDún na nGall: Aistí le Dr Hilary McLaughlin-Stonham

An Gorta Mór Dún na nGall (Gaeilge) V



Decade of Centenaries Commemorative publications:


Experiencing the Irish Revolution in Donegal, 1919 – 1925, Essays (Ben Rogers)

Réabhlóid na hÉireann i nDún na nGall, 1919 - 1925, Aistí (Ben Rogers) 


The Decade of Centenaries Book of Essays Experiencing the Irish Revolution in Donegal has been published and is now also available online. Last year, the County Archives and County Museum (Culture Division of Donegal County Council) appointed Dr Ben Rogers as historian in residence, part of its Decade of Centenaries programme 2021.  As Historian in Residence, Dr Rogers researched some of the County Archives major Collections - The Joseph Murray Collection, Board of Guardians (workhouse) minutes books and Rural & Urban District Council minute books, from 1918 – 1925.  Many of these collections, spanning the first two decades of the 20th century, have been digitised and are online on this website.   
Based on his research last year, Dr Rogers has now produced a book of six essays in collaboration with the Archives Service: Experiencing the Irish Revolution in Donegal, 1919 – 1925; chapters are as follows:
  • Revolutionary Experience in Donegal: Joseph Murray and No. 4 Brigade (First Northern Division);
  • Pension Applications and the Revolutionary Experience of Women in Donegal, 1919-1925;
  • Rural District Councils in Donegal, 1918-20: Constitutional Nationalism in Transition;
  • Rural District Councils in Donegal, 1920 – 1925: A Revolution in Local Government?
  • Urban District Councils in Donegal, 1919-1925: The Revolution in the Towns; 
  • Poor Law Reform and Healthcare Provision in Revolutionary Donegal, 1919-1923

Contact the Archives Service or Museum for a hard copy. Please see the book here in English and in Irish:


Essays: Experiencing the Irish Revolution in Donegal

Réabhlóid na hÉireann i nDún nGall, Aistí



Democracy and Change: The 1920 Local Elections in Ireland

Daonlathas agus Athru: Na Toghchain Aitiula de 1920 in Eirinn


1920 Local Elections Commemorative Booklet. 2020 marked the centenary of the local elections of 1920 which were pivotal in the history of local government in Ireland. To mark these events, and because of their significance for the struggle for independence, the Dept. of Housing, Local Government & Heritage commissioned a publication from the Local Government Archivists and Records Managers to commemorate the 1920 local elections.  Edited by archivists Niamh Brennan (Donegal) and Grainne Doran (Wexford) with the title 'Democracy and Change: the 1920 Local Elections in Ireland' this publication is available to download free of charge, in Irish and in English.

Images in the booklet from Donegal’s Archives Collection include a letter from the Proportional Representation Society in 1919; a photograph of the new Returning Officers’ tables for PR 1920 elections; instructions to the presiding officer; a Notice of Elections; plus a record of the transfer of successful Donegal candidate Edward Kelly’s surplus votes.

Democracy & Change: Local Elections 1920

Daonlathas & Athru Local Elections



Donegal, the 1918 General Election and the First Dáil/ Dún na nGall, Olltoghchán 1918 agus an  Chéad Dáil

First Dail booklet

First Dail booklet Irish



Articles and presentations:


Fanad Health Club and Donegal District Nursing Associations: From the Cradle to the Grave

Presentation and article on Fanad District Health Club/Nursing Association:


Fanad District Nursing Association


Donegal District Nursing Associations


To view the collection Fanad Health Club please see this webiste under the secction Collections.


Donegal County Archives holds a number of publications relating to the history and culture of the county. 


Malin Head: An Enchanting Place, A Colourful Past

Our booklet on the history and heritage of Malin Head:  Malin Head: An Enchanting Place, A Colourful Past is accessible via pdf or in hard copy. This booklet was researched and written for Donegal County Archives.  


Malin Head booklet 



Buncrana Urban District/Town Council: A Short History

Our booklet on the history of Buncrana Town Council (formerly Urban District Council), published in 2014, is available via pdf or in hard copy. This booklet was researched and written for Donegal County Archives.


Buncrana Town Council - A Short History



Archives of the Gaelic Athletic Association County Board 


Please find link here to this publication which gives a short history of the GAA in Ireland and in Donegal, and lists the archives held by Donegal County Archives, which were donated to Donegal County Archives by the County Board of the GAA and listed. Archives are available for viewing at the Archives research room in Lifford, by prior appointment.


Archives of the Donegal GAA Co Board



The Archives Service Resources for Teachers in the Classroom


The Archives Service has produced a series of education packs based on local sources. These packs are ideal for study in a classroom setting for both older primary students and second level students of history, and their teachers.   The packs may assist Junior Certificate and Leaving Certificate History students in their research and documents based study.


Donegal County Archives Schools Facsimile Pack (online, at this website under Education, in Irish and English, based on primary school history curriculum.)


Flight of the Earls Document Study Pack (for second level students available from the Archives office.)


Flight of the Earls Document Study Pack (for primary students, available from Donegal Education Centre.)


Ulster Plantation Document Study pack (available from the Archives office; also available on this website under Education section.)


A Decade of Change, Donegal and Ireland, 1912 – 1923 Document Study pack available on this website under Education; also available from the Archives office.)


Other Archives Service publications  

Teachers’ Guide to Sources in Donegal County Archives

 (for pdf see under Education in this website.)


Across the Atlantic: Emigrating from Moville and Derry (Donegal County Archives and Derry City Archives): Book comprising short chapters on the subject of 19th century emigration from Co Donegal & Derry to the US and Canada. 


Across the Atlantic: Emigrating from Moville and Derry