Heritage Weekend Donegal: 16 & 17 August 2019

This was the second Heritage Weekend event to take place in Donegal.

West Inishowen Heritage Group provided a tour of the Sledrin which is being investigated as being a site of a battle between Shane ‘The Proud’ O’Neill and the O’Donnells. The group also visited Lough Fad, Meendoran to view the Crannog on the Lake and the Rock Art.

In the evening Sliabh Sneacht Centre hosted the group at the official launch of the Inishowen Heritage Trail and Exhibition with a Medieval Banquet.

The banquet included performances following workshops with a group of young people (8-14) based at the Centre to develop a small dramatic performance based on an events linked to the Cineal Eoghain with song by Dumfries children’s singers, traditional Irish dancing from Valerie Harkin School of Dancing with music from Inishowen Traditional Music Group.

The guest speaker was Dr Sean Beattie, a professional research historian, Chairman of Donegal Historical Society.

The following day the group took part in Fahan Heritage Walk, let by Fahan Heritage group who are primarily dedicated to the conservation of the site of St Mura’s early Christian monastery, particularly the 7th C. cross. St Mura was the Patron Saint of the Cineal Eoghain.

The group visited the grace of Agnes Elizabeth Jones (1832 – 1868) of Fahan, who became the first trained Nursing Superintendent of Liverpool Workhouse Infirmary. She gave all her time and energy to her patients and died at the age of 35 from typhus fever. Florence Nightingale said of Agnes Elizabeth Jones, ‘She overworked as others underwork. I looked upon hers as one of the most valuable lives in England.

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