2016 events

Spring – winter 2016: WIH&HS programme


  • Saturday, 16 January, 2016: Members night out. An invite to all our members to join us in O’Flaherty’s Bar (Buncrana) for some festive drinks to celebrate the end of a fantastic year. We couldn’t do it without you! See you there from 8.30 pm
  • Tuesday, 19 January, 2016: Weekly Study Group commences again for 2016 (open to all members and committee members, contact us for more info).
  • Tuesday, 2 February, 2016: Launch of West Inishowen History & Heritage Society 2016 Newsletter.
  • Thursday, 4 February, 2016: West Inishowen History & Heritage Society Annual General Meeting, 8pm upstairs in the Exchange, Castle Avenue, Buncrana. All welcome. Hear about the major achievements of 2015 including our National Heritage Week Award plus some of the exciting plans for 2016.  Become a member and benefit from a range of members-only trips and events. Refreshments will be provided.
  • Sunday, 28 February, 2016: Binion Hill Field Survey and Hill Walk. Join us for a fantastic walk up an historical hill. Binion Hill boasts great views, and lots of sites of historical interest, some of which we will be measuring and photographing. We’ll also be viewing holy wells, a famine wall and the sites of medieval monastries. Free of charge and open to the public. Meeting up near Binion Caravan Park at 1 pm sharp.  More info available here
  • Thursday, 3 March, 2016 (8.00 pm – 9.00 pm): WIHHS 2016 Elections. Join us in our HQ The Exchange (Castle Avenue, Buncrana) for our annual elections! Feel free to put your name down for a committee! It all kicks off upstairs from 8pm! More info here
  • Wednesday, 9 March, 2016 (6.30 pm – 9.00 pm): Committee members traveling to Donegal Public Participation Network’s AGM in Letterkenny (as agreed at committee meeting – not open to the public invite only).
  • Saturday, 12 March, 2016: Early Medieval Christian Site Field Walk and Research. 12 midday [committee members event].



***More events to follow. Keep checking the Amazing Grace Festival facebook page and website. Programme now available here

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NHW Organisers Dublin Training Day

  • Thursday, 14 April, 2016: Chair Dr Michael L Gorry Traveling to the Gresham Hotel, Dublin, to deliver a presentation at the Heritage Council’s Nation Heritage Week Organiser’s Training Day


  • Saturday, 16 April, 2016 (The Plaza, Main Street, Buncrana: all day): Bank of Ireland: Buncrana Enterprise TownCome along and get further information on the work of WIH&HS or sign up to become a member of the society at our stall in the restored ballroom of the Plaza, Buncrana. All welcome! More info available here and here.


  • Saturday, 23 April, 2016 (10.00 am-4.30 pm): Easter Rising 1916: Workshop, lecture and debate to mark the centenary. The Exchange, Castle Avenue, Buncrana. To sign up for this free event please click here. For more information please see our Facebook page here. All welcome!
  • 12440617_1130285930356301_8468333893732180444_oThursday, 28 April, 2016 (Carndonagh IDP: 7.00 pm – 9.00 pm): committee members attending IDP’s event Information Session On the Governance Code for Members of the Community and Voluntary Sector in Inishowen [committee members event]. More info available here
  • Spring 2016: Regular History Walks (free of charge, but booking is essential). Please click here to book or for further information contact us here
  • Sunday, 22 May 2016 (2.00 pm): Church and Graveyard Research [committee members event: Check your emails]
  • Friday, 10 June to Saturday, 11 June (from 10 am each day): Undocumented Archive Project [committee members event: Check your emails/group discussions]
  • Thursday, 16 June, 2016: Committee Members Traveling to National Heritage Council HQ Kilkenny to collect national award for their 2015 National Heritage Week event (WIHHS Family Fun Day).

WIHH SS 2016


6th Annual West Inishowen History & Heritage Summer School 

Programme of events:

  • Tuesday, 21 June – Sunday 26 June 2016: WIHHS Summer School, 2016: 2016 theme – John Doherty (1789-1854) renowned Buncrana born trade unionist. A Book Sale will be held during all events at The Exchange where you will be able to purchase books and pamphlets published by the Irish Labour History Society. For more details please click here
  • Tuesday 21 June, 7.30 – 9.30 pm (The Exchange, Buncrana): Launch Night & Documentary Screenings. Launch and information on local shirt factories oral history project, followed by documentary films relating to the summer school theme. Tea & Coffee will be provided and the event is BYOB. Check out the event page here
  • Wednesday 22 June, 7.00 – 7.50 pm (The Exchange, Buncrana): Talk
    by Dr Adrian Grant: ‘The Voice of the People: John Doherty – trade unionist, factory reformer and radical publisher’. Tea & Coffee will be provided. Check out the event page here
  • Thursday 23 June, 8.00 – 10.00 pm (The Exchange, Buncrana): Talks:
    Emmet O Connor, ‘The Derry Labour Movement, 1889-1923’.
    Ultan Cowley, ‘Voice of the Men who Built Britain’. Tea & Coffee will be provided. Check out the event page here
  • Saturday 25 June, 1.30 – 3.00 pm (Beginning at The Exchange, Buncrana): Join local historian Mari McLaughlin for an afternoon walk to explore the mills and factories of Buncrana. Commencing and finishing at The Exchange. Tea & Coffee will be provided. Check out the event page here
  • Sunday 26 June, Mamore Gap, 2.00 – 4.00 pm: Archealogical walk Survey/walk from Mamore Gap to explore undocumented Booley Huts with archaeologist John Hegarty. Parking at the Urris side of Mamore Gap. Check out the event page here 

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  • Saturday, 23 July, 2016: Festival of Archaeology 2016: Guildhall (Derry~Londonderry) on Sat 23rd July 2016 (10:00-17:00). ‘A day of archaeological activities and events for all, which includes a mock dig for children, facilitated by The School of Irish Archaeology, and an Archaeology Information Fair. For more information regarding our role please click here or visit the main website here. Join WIH&HS (in conjunction with the Tower Museum/Derry and Strabane Council) as we launch the Mabel Colhoun collection in the Guildhall. Guest of honour will be the mayor of Derry and Mabel Colhoun’s niece. 
  • Monday, 8 August, 2016: WIH&HS committee members (at special invitation from Donegal County Council) travelling to Letterkenny to talk about our 2015 NHW award and help launch the 2016 NHW programme for Donegal. More information available here


National Heritage Week 2016 (August 20th-28th): WIHHS events


Programme of events:

  • Saturday, 20 August, 2016 (1.30 pm – 4.30 pm): ‘100 Years of Fun’: Family Fun Day and Archaeology for Kids. Join us  as we celebrate the start of National Heritage Week with our the award winning Family Fun Day/Archaeology for Kids. Events begin at the Exchange (Castle Avenue, Buncrana) at 1.30 pm. There will be games, painting, dressing up and of course a trip to the beach! Free entry (small fee for Archaeology for Kids). Everyone welcome. See event page here
  • Sunday, 21 August, 2016 (2 pm – 5 pm): The Early Monastic Site of Killard (Dunree)Meeting up at Dunree Fort car park join archaeologist/historian John Hegarty as he shares his research relating to the important early monastic site of Killard (Dunree). Free entry. Everyone welcome (limited disability access). Stunning views included! See event page here
  • Tuesday, 23 August, 2016 (7.30 pm – 9.30 pm: Star of the Sea Church, Desertegney): The Churches of Liam McCormickJoin architect Liam McLaughlin as he reveals the amazing stories behind the Donegal churches of renowned modernist architect Liam McCormick (1916-1996). Free entry. Everyone welcome. See event page here
  • Thursday, 25 August, 2016 (7.30 pm – 9.30 pm: The Exchange, Buncrana): ”Tracing the History of Buncrana’: Sources and Resources – A Personal Perspective’Historian Dr Larry McNutt gives his personal perspective on using primary/secondary sources and resources to gain a clearer picture of the history of Buncrana and its environs. Free entry. Everyone welcome. Refreshments provided. See event page here
  • Friday, 26 August, 2016 (11.30 am – 1.30 pm): Guided History and Heritage Walk of BuncranaJoin experienced tour guide Mari McLaughlin for a relaxing walk around some of Buncrana’s most interesting history and heritage sites. Walk leaves from the Exchange (Castle Avenue) and refreshments will be provided. Free entry. Everyone welcome. See event page here

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Other events WIH&HS are involved with during NHW 2016


  • Friday/Saturday, 19-20 August, 2016: Lands of Éogain Festival (Colgan Hall, Carndonagh), join us at our stall to find out more about our work and how you can get involved. More information available here and here
  • Saturday, 30 August, 2016: Buncrana Guided Heritage Tour, our very own Mari McLaughlin (in conjunction with Buncrana Library) will give the second of her excellent history & heritage walks as part of NHW. Join her at 11 am sharp outside the library.


  • Friday, 16 September, 2016: Study Group returns after summer break, all signed up members please check your emails
  • Saturday, 15 October, 2016, 10 am – 12 pm (Derry~Londonderry), Archive Meeting [committee members event: Check your emails]
  • Sunday, 6 November 2016, 2 pm – 4 pm, Industrial Heritage Research Outing[committee members event: Check your emails]
  • Thursday, 17 November, 1.30 – 6.30 pmBelfast Archive Tour[committee members event: Check your emails]


  • Saturday & Sunday, 2 – 4 December, 2016: Buncrana Christmas Tree Festival. Come to Buncrana to tour over 40 bespoke Christmas trees which were commissioned especially for this charity event. You can view our awesome local history inspired WIH&HS Christmas Tree in St Mary’s Oratory, Buncrana (view our tree here). Open daily 11 am – 7 pm. More information available here.

WIHHS Xmas Quiz

  • Friday, 16 December, 2016: WIH&HS Annual Christmas Quiz. Join hosts Lisa Henderson and Dermot Quigley for one of our main annual fundraisers. Christmas cheer and awesome prizes guaranteed. The Exchange, Castle Avenue, Buncrana (8.30 pm – 11.oo pm). BYO. More information available here and here
  • December/January [date and time TBC], Early Monastic Hill Walk [committee members event: Check your emails nearer the time]
  • December/January [date and time TBC]Prehistoric Hill Walk [committee members event: Check your emails nearer the time]


2017 Upcoming Events

  • Thursday, 02 February, 7.30 pm (The Exchange, Buncrana)WIH&HS AGM, all welcome!
  • Winter 2017 [details and date TBC. Watch this space]: Christ Church Buncrana fundraiser
  • March 2017: Folklore project (more info to follow)


***More events to follow

Please don’t hesitate to contact us if you need any further information – WIHHS Contacts

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