“This was a distinguished crew for one ship; for it is indeed certain that the sea had not supported, and the winds had not wafted from Ireland, in modern times, a party of one ship who , would have been more illustrious or noble, in point of genealogy, or more renowned for deeds, valour, prowess, or high achievements, than they, if God had permitted them to remain in their patrimonies until their children should have reached the age of manhood. Woe to the heart that meditated, woe to the mind that conceived, woe to the council that decided on, the project of their setting out on this voyage, without knowing whether they would ever return to their native principalities or patrimonies to the end of the world.”
So wrote the Four Masters on the departure, known as the Flight of the Earls, from Lough Swilly,
Almost half of the articles in the magazine, published by the Donegal Historical Society, are dedicated to the 400th anniversary of the Flight of the Earls. The cover features a dramatic painting by Thomas Ryan RHA of the final departure from
A free DVD is included with the Annual, showing local venues associated with the event and scenes from Port na nIarlaí near Rathmullan, the departure point. There are also specially commissioned maps of the journey, and stunning images filmed in the
In another article, Dr. John Silke, Raphoe Diocesan Archivist, writes about issues arising from the first World War, after the discovery of a letter from a British army soldier whose parents came from Ardara. “Irishmen are very foolish for being deceived by
The Donegal Annual this year celebrates its 60th year of publication, a remarkable feat for a county journal. Copies are available in bookshops or from the Secretary, Una McGarrigle, Parkhill, Ballyshannon, email@example.com, price 20 euros plus postage.