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Donegal History & Heritage

Explore Donegal

County Donegal possesses a wealth of built, cultural and natural heritage that can be found throughout the county. Our material heritage includes archaeological object, architectural heritage, fauna, flora, geology, heritage objects, heritage gardens.parks, inland waterways, landscapes, monuments, seascapes, shipwrecks and wildlife habitats. Our unique heritage appeals to residents of, and visitors to, County Donegal alike, so why not take some time to explore it?

Amazing Grace Country

Did you know that one of the most famous songs of all time, Amazing Grace was inspired by the near death in a storm at sea of its composer, John Newton, who finally found refuge in Lough Swilly in County Donegal?

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Heritage in Your Hinterland

County Donegal Heritage Office

A free guide to museums and heritage centres in County Donegal. In addition to the museums and heritage centres, remember that County Donegal has many more heritage sites in public and private ownership to appreciate and inspire.

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Donegal Diaspora

Make the Connection

The Donegal Diaspora project has been set up to reach out and engage with County Donegals global community, its “Pobal Domhanda”.This network is made up of people with a connection to Donegal, no matter where they may be living.

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Find Your Roots

Family History

In a county that boasts a Diaspora that has reached around the world and back again, you might find you are descended from an ancient Donegal king or a world-famous Gaelic poet. Either way, why not come and explore your family story by meeting your ancestors, visiting the place where it all began and learning a little bit more about your Donegal history.

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Donegal Historical Society

Cumann Staire agus Seanchais Dhún na nGall

The County Donegal Historical Society was founded by the late J.C.T. MacDonagh on the 20th December 1946. The objective of the Society is to preserve and record the history of the county. Since 1946 it has awakened a new interest in Donegal studies and has brought together people of different traditions and backgrounds.

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Discover diverse range of quality tourist accommodation in Donegal

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