13 September 2019
The day began with a School Parade of Tullyhogue Fort with Primary school pupils from three local schools. In June 2019 the pupils had taken part in an art workshops to create medieval shields and used these to parade to the centre of the Fort. A living history facilitator welcomed the to a Clan meeting and explained the celebration of Michaelmas/ a harvest festival before taking part in the crowning of the O’Neill ceremony.
Donegal and Mid Ulster Heritage Forum joined the pupils at the Fort before taking part in site visits to:
Lissen House, over 400 years old was the seat of the Staples Baronets of Lissan and Faughanvale from 1628, the Estate and its historic collections were gifted to the community.
Beagmore Stone Circles
Discovered during peat cutting in the 1940s the site at Beaghmore consists of 7 stone circles. All of the rings are associated with cairns and a stone row runs towards these cairns.
St Patrick’s Church, Clonoe
With visit to the grave of Major Hugh Mergaugh O’Neill died 1671 aged 50yrs in the same grave as Phelemy Oge O’Neill (his brother?) died 1714 aged 79 yrs.
14 September 2019
The second day began with a showing of a DVD on the Flight of the Earls followed by a Series of lectures:
Darren McGettigan: Connection of the O’Neill in Donegal and Mid Ulster (Newly published book – Kings of Aileach and the Vikings)
Martin McDoal: Genealogy through DNA
Martin Mellon: The Hill and are the Cineal Eoghain
Jonathan Gray: Links between Irish & Scottish Clans in 16th Century Ulster
A free bus tour of Tullyhogue Fort open to Public for 40+ participants
Throughout the day a Medieval Village was open to the public with a Tented village which included:
Medieval Musicians, Falconer, Medieval cooking and foodstuffs for sampling
Have a Go Archery, Weaponry and Armour Displays, Living History Gallowglass, Medieval Mounted Knight with Displays of Falconry, Battle, Marching, Ulster Scots and Irish dancing.
15 September 2019
Donegal and Mid Ulster Heritage Forum took part in workshops to view the Video recording of the showcase event in Donegal May 2019.
Resources: review of the resources presented at the showcase event and how Heritage Forum groups can collaborate to share resources.
Donegal Heritage Weekends: Review of Heritage Weekend events in Donegal and how other activities can be developed by Heritage Forum members.
Heritage Sites: what other sites are in Donegal and Mid Ulster that we can link to
Heritage Forum Linkages: How can we further develop/ maintain links between Heritage Forum and beyond the project.