Spring/summer 2017: WIH&HS programme


  • Saturday, 21 January, 10.00 am – 3.00 pm, Archive Project resumes after Christmas break [project committee only, please check your emails]
  • Friday, 27 January, 12.30-2.30 pm (Guildhall: Derry~Londonderry), committee members travelling to Derry to commemorate the centenary of the sinking of the SS Laurentic Mayor of Derry City and Strabane District Council Laurentic Commemoration Lunch [invite only, committee event. More info available here]
  • Thursday, 02 February, 8.30-10.30 pm (The Exchange, Buncrana)WIH&HS AGM followed by  a talk by John O’Raw (DIT/LYIT) entitledUsing Geophysics to Support Archaeological Research’. Refreshments will be provided. Free entry (donations appreciated). All welcome! More info available here and here
  • February 2017: WIH&HS 2017 Newsletter Launched (€2 each). Featuring articles on Mabel Colhoun and HMS Terror in Lough Swilly and a review of the 2016 Lands of Eoghan festival.
  • Tuesday, 14 March 2017: WIH&HS Study Group Resumes after the winter break. All interested parties please check your emails.
  • Sunday, 26 March 2017: Prehistoric Monument Hill Walk [members only event, please check your emails]
  • Thursday, 30 March 2017: Belfast Archive Trip [committee only event, please check your emails]



Josef Locke Talk and Exhibtion April 2017 FinalFriday 21 April – Saturday 22 April, 2017 (The Exchange: Main Venue): Join Dr Nuala McAllister Hart as she delivers a fascinating talk on the life and times of renowned Irish tenor Josef Locke. This talk marks both the centenary of Locke’s birth in Derry and the launch of Dr Hart’s new book on the singer (copies will be available). A two day exhibition will run in conjunction with the talk. Admission to all events is free of charge (donations appreciated). All welcome! More information available here

  • Thursday April 2017 (Carndonagh PSC 6.45-9.00): WIH&HS members travelling to the following – Donegal Public Participation Network are hosting a meeting of the Inishowen Municipal District Meeting. To find out more about the PPN go along and hear what has been happening to date. More information available here [Committee only event]

Mabel Colhoun Event

  • Saturday 6 May (Presbyterian Church, Lagg, Malin): There is a whole day of events to celebrate the life and legacy of Mabel Colhoun: A Pioneer in Inishowen Heritage. West Inishowen History & Heritage Society will be on hand with a unique exhibition of artefacts from Mabel‘s archive and the coordinator of our Mabel Colhoun Cataloguing Project Dr Michael Liam Gorry will give a talk on our progress so far (our archeologist John Hegarty has alas been called away on a dig). See you there! More details available here


  • Saturday 27 May 2017 (Letterkenny Library – 9.30am – 4.00 pm): WIH&HS committee members travelling to Letterkenny Library to attend Oral History Training Workshop. Pre Booking and registration is essential.
  • May 2017: Fanad Hills Research Trip [More info to follow. Currently at planning stage]

Last of the Name Poster

  • Thursday 8 June 2017 (The Exchange, Buncrana): Join West Inishowen History & Heritage Society for this fantastic event relating to one of Inishowen’s most successful literary creations, Charles McGlinchey’s ‘Last of the Name.  Filmmaker Paul McCarroll will be in attendance accompanied by others involved in the film ‘The Last of the Name’ to give an insight into the classic book, the current film and the enduring legacy of Charles McGlinchey’s Inishowen based stories.  Copies of the book and the DVD will be available on the night. Refreshments will be provided.  Admission is free of charge (donations appreciated).  All welcome! More info available here

WIH&HS Summer School JPEG



West Inishowen History & Heritage Society

Summer School 2017

  • Monday 5 June – Sunday 11 June, 2017: Join West Inishowen History & Heritage Society once again for their 7th Annual Summer School, ‘The History of Sport in West Inishowen’


Events and outings include:

The History of North West Golf Club
(The Exchange, Tuesday 6 June, 8pm)

The Legacy of Charles McGlinchey’s ‘Last of the Name’
See Event Page Here (The Exchange, Thursday 8 June, 8pm)***

The History of Boxing in West Inishowen
(The Exchange, Friday 9 June, 8pm)

Members Only Field Trip
(Sunday 11 June, all members please check your emails)

***‘The Last of the Name’ film will be shown in Buncrana Cinema on Monday 5 June. For more details please see: https://www.facebook.com/Buncrana-Cinema-130512053636403/

Summer School Main Event Page Available Here



  • Friday 23 June 2017 (Tower Museum, Derry~Londonderry, 7-9 pm): Mabel Remington Colhoun – Cataloguing Her Life’s Work. WIH&HS PRO Dr Michael Liam Gorry will be delivering a talk relating to our Mabel R Colhoun cataloging project. This is an ongoing project facilitated by the Tower Museum which will include an exhibition to be launched later in June. Refreshments will be provided. RSVP to 028 7137 2411 or Tower@derrystrabane.com. Event page available here


  • June 2017: Fahan Hill Research Trip [More info to follow. Currently at planning stage]
  • July 2017 (The Exchange, Buncrana): Archaeology Talk and Exhibition [further details to follow)

Heritage Week 2017 Event Poster


West Inishowen History & Heritage Society

2017 National Heritage Week Events

This August join the multi award winning West Inishowen History & Heritage Society as they run a whole host of events for National Heritage Week 2017. Everything from Family Fun days to Hill Walks, from Guided Tours to History Talks. Support your local history society!

Main Facebook event page available here: WIH&HS 2017 NHW Page

Programme of Events: 

  • Saturday 19 August, 3pm – 5pm: Under The Sea: Family Fun Event (Shortfront Buncrana)

Fun for all the family. There will be a colourful pageant, beach treasure hunt, sandcastle competition, games and fun activities to celebrate and explore our natural shorefront. Admission free. Check our facebook and webpage for further details.

Access & Parking: Suitable for Children under 12/Wheelchair Access (Partial)/Car Parking Available

Event Page: http://www.heritageweek.ie/whats-on/event/under-the-sea-family-fun-event

Further Information: 086 8589157

  • Monday 21 August, 7pm – 9:30pm: From Flax to Linen (The Exchange, Castle Avenue, Buncrana)

Talk by Colm Clarke, Taughboyne History Society and Monreagh Ulster Scots Centre, on the pre-industrial production of flax and weaving of linen in the local area. Admission Free. Refreshments provided.

Event Page: http://www.heritageweek.ie/whats-on/event/from-flax-to-linen

Further Information: 086 8589157

  • Thursday 24 August, 12pm – 2pm: Nature and History of Lough Swilly (Buncrana Community Library, St. Mary’s Road, Buncrana)

Walk and talk on the nature and maritime history of Lough Swilly by Mari McLaughlin. Starting from Buncrana Community Library and walking for about 6 km along Lough Swilly.

Free refreshments at the library on completion of the walk. A gentle walk on urban pathways but suitable footwear and clothing for walking advised. If the weather is bad, the talk will be given in the library. Admission Free

Event Page: http://www.heritageweek.ie/whats-on/event/nature-and-history-of-lough-swilly

Further Information: 086 8589157

  • Thursday 24 August, 6:30pm – 9pm: Farming for Nature (Strahack Farm, Inch Island, Inishowen)

Historic farm walk and talk by Emmett Johnston, Inishowen Wildlife Ranger.A visit to historic farm project including talk and discussion on changes in farming methods and buildings and their impact on the natural environment and wildlife. Clothing and footwear for outdoor walking and farm environment are advised. Free refreshments included. Please visit our facebook and event page for more information and to indicate if you plan to come. Admission Free

Event Page: http://www.heritageweek.ie/whats-on/event/farming-for-nature-1

Further Information: 086 8589157

  • Friday 25 August, 7pm – 9pm: Interaction of Man and Nature (The Exchange, Castle Avenue, Buncrana)

Talk by Dermot McLaughlin, Wild Inishowen, exploring the interaction between man and our natural environment and wildlife. Admissions Free. Refreshments Provided.

Event Page: http://www.heritageweek.ie/whats-on/event/interaction-of-man-and-nature

Further Information: 086 8589157

  • Sunday 27 August, 2pm – 6pm: King & Queen of the Mintiaghs (Meeting at Supervalu Carpark, Buncrana):

Field trip led by archaeologist John J Hegarty to explore the area around ‘King & Queen of the Mintiaghs’ hills and to explore the historic man-made features, including booley huts.

Also will include a short in-situ talk on bog formation and preservation by John Deery, ATGI and West Inishowen History and Heritage Society. Meet at Supervalu Buncrana carpark to drive to the site. The possibility of car-pooling for those who do not have own transport and to reduce environmental impact at the site. See our Facebook page for more details and to indicate if you plan to come. This walk is cross-country and strenuous in parts, suitable clothing and footwear are advised. Admission Free

Event Page: http://www.heritageweek.ie/whats-on/event/king-queen-of-the-mintiaghs

Further Information: 086 8589157


  • Summer 2017 [details and date TBC. Watch this space]: Christ Church Buncrana Fundraiser
  • Summer 2017 [The Exchange, Castle Avenue, Buncrana: further details and date TBC]: Old Photograph Roadshow a whole day of scanning and displaying old photographs of West Inishowen brought to us by the general public in order to preserve them. Come along with your old photos (anything from the 1800s up until the present day) for a cup of tea and a chat with our local experts (oh and don’t forget your photos/paintings)
  • 19 – 27 August, 2017: National Heritage Week 2017 [further details to follow]


***More events to follow

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