Donegal~Irish Diaspora Conference to feature on Sky TV

Attendees at the Conference

Attendees at the Conference

Following on from the Donegal~Irish Diaspora Conference in LYIT on 4th and 5th June 2013, a tv programme will be screened on SKY TV channel 191 this coming Thursday at 9.00pm.

Culture, communities and strong global connections will all feature on this special SKY TV programme on June 27th, with a film crew from IRISH TV filming at the Donegal Diaspora Conference held at Letterkenny Institute of Technology recently. The one hour programme ‘Out & About in Ireland’ will feature engaging interviews and lively debate on all matters concerning Donegal people, based both at home and away.

Organised by Donegal County Council, the Conference, entitled “Hands of History” is a celebration of the rich and diverse heritage and culture of Donegal, within the county and further afield. It aims to strengthen the bonds between Donegal people worldwide in the areas of culture, heritage, education, business and investment. The IRISH TV programme showcases these concepts and features exclusive interviews with high profile speakers at the event, including Prof. Frank Talty of UMass, Boston Globe journalist Kevin Cullen, and Sr. Lena Deevy, Director Emeritus of the Irish International Immigrant Centre to name but a few.

Speaking about the conference, Director of Service at Donegal County Council Michael Heaney commented “This is a significant event with outstanding speakers travelling to Donegal for it. We see the ‘Donegal people’ as not just those living in the county but those living across Ireland and the globe. Our people are a wonderful resource. We can share ideas on education, investment and culture for mutual benefit and help Donegal thrive. It’s great to have this event televised to an international audience because of course emigration is an international story”, commented Heaney.

IRISH TV presenter Edel Golden also commented on the programme. “IRISH TV is all about connecting people worldwide and televising the Donegal Diaspora Conference was a natural fit for us. So much of our audience is based in the UK, the US and elsewhere across the globe and it’s so important to remember our diaspora and highlight events and topics that concern them. I know they will really enjoy the Sky TV show,” commented Golden. The show can be viewed on SKY TV channel 191 or on Freesat 400 Thursday, June 27th at 9.00p.m. Alternatively you can watch the entire show online at


Family History Roadshow – Who do you think you are?

Always wanted to know your family history but never too sure how to go about it? Well as part of the Gathering 2013, the Museum, Archives and Library Services re organising a series of family history roadshows – the theme being How to research your family history.

Staff will be on-hand to provide guidance to the public on the wide variety of sources available.

The dates of the ‘who Do You Think You Are’ Genealogy Workshops are as follows:

Central Library Letterkenny Wednesday August 21st – 12.00 – 3.00 (including the launch of our new Genealogy Booklet)

Bundoran Library Thursday 19th September (Date subject to change – Time not confirmed)

Leabharlann Phobhail Ghaoth Dobhair Friday 4th October – 12.00 – 3.00

Buncrana Library Tuesday 22nd October – 1200 – 3.00

Click for images from the launch day in Lifford County House – June 2013

Photographs from the Donegal~Irish Diaspora Conference 4th & 5th June 2013 at LYIT

Click here to access photographs from the Donegal~Irish Diaspora Conference. We would like to thank everyone for attending this event and making it such a success! If you would like to view the conference (both days) they are available here!