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Decade of Centenaries Commemorative publications:

Democracy and Change: The 1920 Local Elections in Ireland

Daonlathas agus Athru: Na Toghchain Aitiula de 1920 in Eirinn


1920 Local Elections Commemorative Booklet

This year marks the centenary of the local elections of 1920 which were pivotal in the history of local government in Ireland.

To mark these events, and because of their significance for the struggle for independence, the Dept. of Housing, Local Government & Heritage recently commissioned a publication from the Local Government Archivists and Records Managers to commemorate the 1920 local elections.  Edited by archivists Niamh Brennan (Donegal) and Grainne Doran (Wexford) with the title 'Democracy and Change: the 1920 Local Elections in Ireland' this publication is available to download free of charge, in Irish and in English.

Images in the booklet from Donegal’s Archives Collection include a letter from the Proportional Representation Society in 1919; a photograph of the new Returning Officers’ tables for PR 1920 elections; instructions to the presiding officer; a Notice of Elections; plus a record of the transfer of successful Donegal candidate Edward Kelly’s surplus votes.



If you would like to find out more about this period in our history go to :

 or on our website here:

Democracy & Change: Local Elections 1920

Daonlathas & Athru Local Elections



Articles and presentations:


Fanad Health Club and Donegal District Nursing Associations: From the Cradle to the Grave

Presentation and article on Fanad District Health Club/Nursing Association:


Fanad District Nursing Association


Donegal District Nursing Associations


To view the collection Fanad Health Club please see this webiste under the secction Collections.




Donegal County Archives holds a number of publications relating to the history and culture of the county. Below are


Donegal, the 1918 General Election and the First Dáil/ Dún na nGall, Olltoghchán 1918 agus an  Chéad Dáil

First Dail booklet

First Dail booklet Irish



Malin Head: An Enchanting Place, A Colourful Past

Our booklet on the history and heritage of Malin Head, published in 2014 Malin Head: An Enchanting Place, A Colourful Past is accessible via pdf or in hard copy. This booklet was researched and written by Irene Haggan for Donegal County Archives in 2014.


Malin Head booklet 



Buncrana Urban District/Town Council: A Short History

Our booklet on the history of Buncrana Town Council (formerly Urban District Council), published in 2014, is available via pdf or in hard copy. This booklet was researched and written by the archivist Niamh Brennan for Donegal County Archives in 2014.


Buncrana Town Council - A Short History



Archives of the Gaelic Athletic Association County Board 


Please find link here to this publication which gives a short history of the GAA in Ireland and in Donegal, and lists the archives held by Donegal County Archives, which were donated to Donegal County Archives by the County Board of the GAA and listed. Archives are available for viewing at the Archives research room in Lifford, by prior appointment.


Archives of the Donegal GAA Co Board



The Archives Service Resources for Teachers in the Classroom


The Archives Service has produced a series of education packs based on local sources. These packs are ideal for study in a classroom setting for both older primary students and second level students of history, and their teachers.   The packs which could assist leaving students’ Research study or Documents based study.


Donegal County Archives Schools Facsimile Pack (online, at this website under Education, in Irish and English, based on primary school history curriculum.)


Flight of the Earls Document Study Pack (for second level students available from the Archives office.)


Flight of the Earls Document Study Pack (for primary students, available from Donegal Education Centre.)


Ulster Plantation Document Study pack (available from the Archives office; also available on this website under Education section.)


A Decade of Change, Donegal and Ireland, 1912 – 1923 Document Study pack available on this website under Education; also available from the Archives office.)


Other Archives Service publications  

Teachers’ Guide to Sources in Donegal County Archives

 (for pdf see under Education in this website.)


Across the Atlantic: Emigrating from Moville and Derry: Book of articles on emigration from Co Donegal & Derry- also available in hard copy from the Archives Service.


Across the Atlantic: Emigrating from Moville and Derry









Buncrana Urban District/Town Council - A Short History




Donegal County Archives has produced a short history of the earlier years of Buncrana Urban District (later Town) Council to celebrate its centenary in 2014, and also to mark its demise this year as a local authority.


Earlier this year Donegal County Library and Museum, in association with the Archives, had exhibitions to mark the histories of Letterkenny and Bundoran Town Councils.


A pdf of the Buncrana booklet is now available on this website, and hard copies are available on request from the Archivist.

The booklet was researched and written by Niamh Brennan, archivist.


Buncrana Town Council - A Short History


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