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Donegal Person of the Year Announced!

Donegal Person of the Year Moya Doherty
Moya Doherty with her sons Mark & Paul

Moya Doherty, a native of Pettigo, has been named Donegal Person of the Year for 2014. The announcement was held in Dublin’s Mansion House on Tuesday 27th January much to the delight of the gathered audience.


Moya was born in Pettigo and lived there until she was seven years old with her parents and four brothers & sisters. Her parents were both teachers and taught locally in the area. All the family moved to Dublin... Read more.


Image of thatched cottage in countryside

Connecting members of the Diaspora with their Donegal Roots. This is my passion. I have been an amateur family historian for almost 14 years now, working mainly in County Donegal. Whilst researching my own family, I began to realise that hundreds... Read more.

Image of fox-gloves and fields.

Discover Donegal - Bealach na Gaeltachta!

Bealach na Gaeltachta, the Gaeltacht Way is a wonderful walking route that comprises four circular long-distance trails in West Donegal. All four trails are designated as National... Read more.


Image of front of Ionad Cois Locha

Located on the shores of Dunlewey Loch in the Poisoned Glen of Gweedore, Ionad Cois Locha is a popular visitors centre, a real jewel in a magical place, steeped in history. Founded as a heritage centre and run by local people,it is a restored two... Read more.

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The Donegal Library and Archive Service is a first point of call for anyone wishing to learn about life in the county – past and present.  This rich resource comprises books, maps, photographs, archives, microfilms, newspapers, original documents... Read more.