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When you read about the history of Donegal, you get an idea of why the McGeadys seem so independent-minded. After reading some of the history of the area, I decided to pick a font called "Intrepid."I hope it shows up well in everyone's browsers.
As remote as Donegal, in the northwest of Ireland, is, I get the sense that the McGeadys, living in the northwest of that northwest region, were perhaps even more isolated. But perhaps not--since they lived in river valleys, they may not have been that isolated.
I typed some stuff from the Encyclopedia Britannica. Here it is:
Donegal, Irish "Dún Na Ngall,"seaport and market town, County Donegal, Ireland, on the River Eske at the head of Donegal Bay. It is famed for its historic associations and picturesque environs. South of the town are the ruins of the Franciscan Donegal Abbey (founded 1474). Donegal Castle, a stronghold of the O'Donnells, was rebuilt in 1610. Population (1971) 1,725. Donegal, Irish "DúnNa Ngall," (Fort of the Stones), most northerly county of Ireland, bounded on the west and north by the Atlantic Ocean, on the east by Lough (lake) Foyle and Counties Londonderry and Tyrone, and on the south by Counties Fermanagh and Leitrim. Its land area is 1,865 sq. mi. (4, 830 sq km). The small village of Lifford is the county town (seat). The rugged coast is heavily indented, the major inlets being Slough Swilly and Lough Foyle, between which is the Inishowen Peninsula. The chief rivers of the county are the Finn and the Erne; the main mountain ranges are the Bluestack and the Derryveagh, the highest peaks being Errigal (2, 466 ft. [752m]) and Muckish (2,197 ft. [670 m]). Evidence of extensive glaciation exists. The climate is temperate, with warm summers and mild, moist winters.
The name was extended from the town to the county, which was made a shire in 1585. The ancient name was Tyrconnell (Land of the Connall). Conall, with his brother Eogan, conquered northwestern Ulster c. AD 400 and founded the kingdom of Ailech; its capital was at the concentric stone fortress known as the Grianan of Ailech on a hillwest of Londonderry, Northern Ireland. Eogan took Tyrone and Inishowen for his share, and his descendants, the O'Neills, ruled central Ulster. Conall took Tyrconnell, in which his descendants, the O'Donnells, ruled. The remoteness of these areas enabled them to escape serious interference from the Anglo-Normans. After the defeat of the Irish cause in 1603, however, Hugh O' Neill and Rory O'Donnell took flight secretly to the Continent in 1607. The county was immediately included in the plan for the plantation of Ulster, and its history thereafter merged with that of Ireland.
Donegal's population is concentrated largely along the coasts and river valleys; the main towns are Donegal, Buncrana, Ballyshannon, and Letterkenny. The county, with the exception of the urban districts, is administered by a county council and county manager. The Foyle and Finn basins are intensively cultivated, but the rugged western seaboard is unsuitable. Agriculture consists of tillage and rearing of cattle, sheep, and poultry; the chief crops are oats and potatoes. Killbegs on the west coast is the main fishing port, and salmon are being caught in the Rivers Finn, Foyle, Erne, and Gweebarra. Tourism is important, based on the scenery and the many beaches and golf courses. In west Donegal, which remains an Irish-speaking region, handmade woolen garments are made, and at Convoy the Donegal tweeds are woven. In the absence of a railway in Donegal, roads provide the communication between towns. Pop. (1971) 108,344.
Source: Encyclopedia Britannica, 1971,Vol. III, p. 619Here's some links I found on the Web.
A quick tour
Here are some old photos of Donegal.
Here's an interesting site about the County Donegal Railway Society in the Donegal Railway Heritage Center. Several McGeady men from Donegal worked for the railroad in the U.S., including one of their descendants, Ed Crowley. This site was suggested by Joe Begley.
This first includes a school in Gweedore, a
town near where the McGeadys come from:
Allen, here's a football page for Ireland. Search for Donegal.
If any of you can pitch in on this
stuff, here's a couple of links:
Here's a fishing link:
links. It has a link to dialing instructions for
Notice Gallagher's Farm Hostel, Cookie:
A link to maps you can order of Donegal
McGeadys are from the NW of County Donegal, so here's the map link for there:
Although it's an ad for the First National Building
Society, it has a map with the counties
outlined in it:
This has a map of County Donegal. McGeadys live just north of Gweedore:
Here's some info on Gweedore. One
or two of the McGeady reunions was in Bunbeg:
The Famine in Donegal, see #4
for Conditions in Gweedore:
Here's links to info and pictures associated with Enya and Clannad (they are Brennans), and Donegal,
Click on map to see pictures of places
Donegal Towns -- Check out Gortahork & Gweedore
Here's a Biomar map (whatever that is) of Donegal
(Bay, I think):
Recognize anybody here?
An interesting site:
I found this looking for
Tad & Mary Ann, here's something on Donegal music
Here's the Donegal Weather
In case you want to try to find some heirlooms:
This ends "Everything you never wanted to know about Donegal and never bothered to ask."
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