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Family History Q & A

Are you stuck with your research? Have you hit a brick wall in your family tree? Don’t worry, help is at hand. Just send your questions to us at bsadhs@gmail.com or drop us a message via twitter or Facebook today. Depending on the number and variety of questions we get we can then plan a…Read More+ ...

Genealogy Group – Searching irishgenealogy.ie

From the first meeting of the Ballybofey, Stranorlar & District Historical Society Genealogy Group. Short video on using irishgenealogy.ie ...

New videos on the Donegal Railways now available

See our Audio/Video page for the latest additions to our video page. ...

Local History

The Old Courthouse News

A series of booklets produced in Lifford with some historical interest. ...

Ballybofey & Stranorlar 1958

Ballybofey & Stranorlar – 1958 Courtesy of Violet Russell, we have got a copy of some Cine camera footage from around, Ballybofey and Stranorlar, including come great footage of the trains at Stranorlar railway station. ...

Monellan Castle

Monellan Castle In years gone by, one of the most impressive buildings of the time was Monellan Castle, situated a few miles north of Crossroads, Killygordon. Although it was the largest building in the Valley at the time, set in beautiful surroundings second to none in the area, it cannot be clear whether it was…Read More+ ...

#Throwback Thursdays! I thought it would be nice to chat about something other than coffee and cake for a change!! This amazing lady is my great-grandmother Catherine Gillespie. As a teenager, she sailed to America to take up a position in the household of the celebrated American author Mark Twain. She went on to become an invaluable member of the famous writer's New York home, helping look after him and his family and later also doing secretarial work, not just as an employee but as a friend.Twain wrote some of the classic best-sellers -- The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn; The Prince and The Pauper; Roughing It; The Innocents Abroad; and many more.He gifted several signed copies of his books to Great-Gran before she returned to Carrickshandrum, Crossroads to marry. On the fly-leaf of one is the inscription "To Catherine Gregory from her friend, the author. On the whole, it is better to deserve honours and not to have them, than have them and not deserve them. Truly yours, Mark Twain, April 6th, 1907."Catherine Gregory lived into her nineties and I still have memories of her. She used to send us up the stairs to fetch her little black handbag to give us all 5p! She lived in the house with my Granny and Granda and helped with all the cooking and farming and the raising of their family. They grew, cooked and baked everything they needed and if I only inherit half of her traits, I will be a happy woman! She is buried at Monellan Church, Crossroads.#throwbackthursdays #thecoffeeloft #alexandersofballybofey #mccabescoffee #homemade #coffeeballybofey #coffeestranorlar #coffeetwintowns ...
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