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Cathaoirleach to launch Digitisation of 1916 Archived Minutes of meetings of Donegal local authorities


Digitisation of 1916 Archived Minutes

 Minutes of Meeting of Donegal Rural District Council, 1916



Cathaoirleach Cllr. Terence Slowey will launch the Digitisation of the 1916 Archived Minutes of Meeting of County Donegal’s Local Authorities on Thursday next at 2pm in the County House in Lifford.


As part of Donegal County Council’s 1916 Centenary Programme, the Archives Service has digitised the 1916 minutes of meetings of its predecessor bodies and those that survive for the Council itself and the archived minutes are now being gradually placed here for viewing.


The digitisation work itself was completed at the end of 2016 by Mallon Technology Ltd for Donegal County Council and part funded by the State Centenary Programme’s Commemorative Grant Scheme.


 In 1916 there were several local authorities in existence, which apart from Donegal County Council have since been dissolved. There were eight Boards of Guardians, in existence since the early 1840s, in Ballyshannon, Inishowen (Carndonagh), Stranorlar, Milford, Donegal, Glenties, Dunfanaghy and Letterkenny. The Guardians oversaw the running of the eight workhouses in the county. The Urban and Rural District Councils were responsible for roads, water supply, sewerage schemes and housing programmes. There were Rural District Councils in Inishowen, Stranorlar, Donegal, Ballyshannon, Letterkenny, Lifford (called ‘Strabane No. 2), Glenties, Dunfanaghy and Milford. There were also three Urban District Councils in Letterkenny, Buncrana and Bundoran as well as Ballyshannon Town Commissioners.


All the surviving minutes contain historical information regarding the development of different parts of the county at a critical time in our national history. The 1916 Minutes include resolutions made by Councils and authorities in response to the 1916 Rising and to martial law and imprisonment of those involved in the Rising in the following months, and to the ever evolving political situation at the time across the country, north and south. The minutes provide a fascinating insight into the initial and sometimes changing viewpoints and stances taken by local political figures in County Donegal in response to the national crisis and the gradual movement towards independence.


For further information contact Niamh Brennan, Archivist, Archives Service, Donegal County Council, Three Rivers Centre, Lifford, County Donegal Tel: +353 74 9172490; E-Mail: archivist@donegalcoco.ieor find Donegal County Archives on Facebook.  For more on Donegal County Archives click here.



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