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Mícheál Ó Cléirigh Summer School 2022

The 2022 Mícheál Ó Cléirigh Summer School takes place over the weekend of Friday 6th May until Sunday 8th May in the Sandhouse Hotel in Rossnowlagh, Co. Donegal. The programme for the weekend is now complete and can be seen below. The theme of the 2022 Summer School is ‘Bloodshed and Retribution’ / ‘Doirteadh Fola agus Díoltas

To find out more go to the O’Cleirigh home page

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  1. Greetings,
    I am doing some genealogy work on my husband’s family, and I am wondering if Joseph Alexander Caldwell born 09 Jan 1657, died 03 Sep 1730. His burial information shows Ballybogan, Donegal. But it also shows Ballybogan in Lifford Parish. I hope you can give me some information.

    Thank you, Arlene Coppin

  2. Dig for remains of Red Hugh O’Donnell finds skull and coffins
    from the Irish Times Tue 26th May 2020
    The Dig in Valladolid
    Spanish archaeologists searching for the remains of Red Hugh O’Donnell have discovered two coffins, a skull and a complete body at the site they believe is his last resting place.
    The excavation of Constitution Street in Valladolid in northwest Spain has revealed the walls of what is thought to be La Capilla de las Maravillas (the Chapel of Wonders ) where O’Donnell was buried in September 1602.
    On Tuesday, the seventh day of the dig, the Mayor of Valladolid Óscar Puente posted a tweet. It showed a photograph of the excavated site with a human skull and bones and the caption: “In the Chapel of Wonders, in the exact place where Red Hugh O’Donnell is believed to have been buried as well as Christopher Columbus, some remains and two coffins have appeared.”
    Both Columbus and Red Hugh were buried in the chapter (chapel) of the Franciscan monastery which disappeared in the middle of the 19th century.
    The remains of Columbus were moved to Seville, but the coffin which has been discovered may be the original one in which he was buried.
    The archaeologists, who are employed by the City of Valladolid, began their dig on Monday last week. Their communications manager Carlos Burgos said the “importance of the excavation is growing every day” and though the body has yet to be identified, he added that “we are certain that here is the burial place of a great Irish leader and part of the history of Spain too”.
    Red Hugh died en route to the city, then the capital of Spain, while waiting for a response from Spain’s King Philip III to letters imploring him to send another army to Ireland to fight against the English.
    Mayor of Valladolid Óscar Puente posted a tweet of a photograph showing the excavated site with a human skull and bones. Photograph: Mayor of Valladolid/Twitter
    Red Hugh and his father-in-law Hugh O’Neill instigated the Nine Years War (1594-1603) which came close to ending the English presence in Ireland, but eventually foundered.

  3. I am interested in purchasing the book. My family, by heritage – surname Draper – is from Dunegal. I am starting my journey to trace as far back as possible. I live in California, south of Los Angeles. San Juan Capistrano to be exact. I plan on traveling to see my heritage in person when time permits.

  4. Séamus,
    I just ordered your book and I can’t wait for it to arrive. I will be in Donegal Town, God willing, for the O’Donnell Clan gathering in September, 2020. I was wondering if your book is available in book stores there so I might purchase another copy for a friend while I’m visiting.
    Betsy Witt

  5. Comhghairdeas Séamus; always a mind for (technological) innovation, but never thought you would be into hard copy production, and especially about historic interests. What a man, well done.

    Best Wishes


  6. Congratulations Séamus on the completion of an amazing project – a great contribution to the History of Donegal Town and its people.


  7. Congratulations Séamus, well done, a brilliant contribution to the history of Donegal Town and its people.

    Úna, Canberra.

  8. Hi Seamus, your forthcoming book sounds fascinating, I look forward to it very much. I am very interested in the older graves in the Abbey graveyard and would love to know more about the people buried there

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