The Colgan Heritage Weekend Committee has been hard at work putting the final touches to the programme which will be available locally very soon. In the meantime, here’s a summary of this year’s events covering local heritage, politics, journalism, drama, cuisine and much more!


Anna May Mc Hugh

Our key speaker on Friday night will be Anna May Mc Hugh, the driving force behind the National Ploughing Championships, with a Q&A chaired by journalist Kathy Donaghy.
Earlier in the evening, Anna May will present prizes at the Schools Heritage Projects Awards.
Following that, we will host the Donegal launch of the De Burca Books publication of John Colgan’s ‘Acta Sanctorum Hiberniae’, with a short talk on John Colgan by Sean Beattie.


Saturday’s events begin as always with Dessie Mc Callion’s excellent Heritage Walk which will travel to Glentogher this year.

Shirtmaking - Tillie & Henderson's Factory on Bridge Street, 1983

Tillie & Henderson’s Factory on Bridge Street

Afternoon talks include a discussion on Tillie and Henderson’s Shirt Factory with an exhibition of photos and artefacts.

The Inishowen Union Workhouse will be the subject of a talk by Niamh Brennan, the Donegal County Library Archivist, with original files and ledgers on display.



Catriona Mc Laughlin

Catríona Mc Laughlin


Kathy Donaghy

On Saturday night we have talks from two of Inishowen’s finest talents, Kathy Donaghy and Catríona Mc Laughlin. Kathy Donaghy is an award winning freelance journalist and writer with over twenty years experience of working in the national media. Catríona is an Associate Director with the Abbey Theatre and recently won Best Director in the Irish Times Theatre Awards for her production of ‘Raftery’s Hill’.



On Sunday afternoon we will mark the 100th anniversary of Dáil Éireann with a panel discussion on the question ‘Has politics delivered on the vision of the first Dail?’

William Mc Elhinney of the Wild Strands Café will present information on the traditional methods of cooking seaweed.

The weekend will close with our annual Colgan Concert on Sunday evening, with the finest of local and visiting musicians performing in the Colgan Hall.

We will celebrate 10 years of the Colgan Heritage Weekend with an audio visual display of festivals past.
Carndonagh Camera Club turned their focus Inishowen’s built, natural, cultural and historic heritage for this year’s photographic exhibition which should not be missed.
The finished projects from the Schools Projects and the Heritage Hunters will also be on display.

Mark your diary: the 10th Colgan Heritage Weekend, June 28th – 30th!