Donegal~Irish Diaspora Conference Speaker Spotlight: Angela McCarthy


Angela McCarthy is Associate Director of the Centre for Irish and Scottish Studies at the University of Otago, New Zealand.  She is Professor of Scottish and Irish History in the Department of History and Art History where she teaches Scottish history and Irish and Scottish migration. Angela will be speaking at the Donegal Diaspora Conference on June 4th & 5th! Read more about here HERE. Be sure to book your place FREE by emailing –


Donegal Diaspora Conference: Speaker Spotlight – Michael Patrick MacDonald.

Donegal Diaspora Conference: Speaker Spotlight – Michael Patrick MacDonald.


Michael Patrick MacDonald is the author of the New York Times Bestselling memoir, All Souls: A Family Story From Southie and the acclaimed Easter Rising: A Memoir of Roots and Rebellion… Read More.

Donegal Diaspora Conference: Speaker Spotlight – Kevin Cullen

 Donegal Diaspora Conference: Speaker Spotlight – Kevin Cullen

The Hands of History Donegal ~ Irish Diaspora conference taking place in LYIT on Tuesday 4th and Wednesday 5th June. The Diaspora will focus on Donegal as being made up of not only those who live within the county itself, but also including all others with a connection to, or interest in, the county. This conference is being held as part of the Council ‘Hands of History’ project which is being funded under the Donegal CDB Peace & Reconciliation Partnerships PEACE III Programme. Michael Heaney, Director of Service with Donegal County Council has said… Read More.


Hands of History Donegal~Irish Diaspora Conference

We’re really looking forward to the Hands of History Donegal~Irish Diaspora Conference taking place in LYIT on Tuesday 4th and Wednesday 5th June.  There’s an amazing line up of speakers attending and we’re really busy in the office this week finalising arrangements to make sure everything runs smoothly!  Please see the link below for full details of the programme.

Conference Programme

Donegal Diaspora Conference: Speaker Spotlight -Prof David Emmons


The conference will hear from Prof. David Emmons, a highly acclaimed expert on the legacy of the Irish and in particular the Donegal Irish in ButteMontana. Prof Emmons is Emeritus Professor of History with the University of Montana and has specialised in Modern American History; Immigration, Ethnicity, & Labor. Read More.

Hands of History Drama Piece – The Broken Covenant by Jonathan Burgess

The Broken Covenant opened last night, Wednesday 22nd May in Rockfield Community Centre, Ballyshannon and continues tonight in Newtowncunningham Orange Hall at 8.30pm with the final performances taking place in Raphoe Orange Hall tomorrow, Friday 24th May 2013 at 1.30pm for schools and 8.00pm for the public.  Admission to all performances is free.  For more information, contact or Jonathan Burgess on 0044 7803 077389.


The Broken Covenant tells the story of John Campbell and his family – an ordinary farming family.  The setting is Donegal and the year is 1924, a few short years after the partition of Ireland.

The Broken Covenant looks at the pressures that came to bear on the Protestant Community at that time.  From going from a position of strength as a full part of the Union between Britain and Ireland, to a minority community in the new Irish Free State.  The play looks at the pressures that changed the mindset of that community and which have continued to this day.

The play will be followed by a facilitated discussion where themes and perspectives on the play can be discussed.