The Donegal County Museum are bringing the large scale “Remembering World War 1 – the Donegal Story” exhibition to the Dolmen Centre at Kilclooney in Portnoo.
The exhibition will be running from Thursday, 10th of May to Friday 18th May and are promoting it as part of the Bealtaine festival.
Displays are open from 9am to 4pm and 7pm to 10pm daily (closed weekends). It is expected that there will be a great expression of interest as we are currently in the 100th year from the historical event.
The exhibition tells the story of World War One through the experiences of Donegal men who served in the British and Dominion armies during the war, along with the experiences of men and women in Donegal itself.
Caroline Carr from the museum is to give a talk ‘County Donegal and World War 1’ on Thursday 10th May at 8pm.
On the final night, Friday 18th of May at 8pm there will be a concert/presentation at 8pm.
During the concert local school children will sing World War 1 Songs under the guidance of Sara Laughlin and the local primary school will recite poetry from this era. Gerry Moore (History Teacher) in Glenties Comprehensive School will give a talk on local participants in the war as he has brought groups of students to France as part of the ‘Adopt a Soldier’ project.
Letters from a local man who served in the Gordon Highlanders will be read as part of a drama performance.
Locals members of our community who have memorabilia from relatives or neighbours who participated in the war are welcome to bring their items along in the two hours prior to the concert for viewing.
It is fitting that this event coincides with the 100th anniversary of the passing of local man Connell Boyle who died while participating in the war. We feel the event will be well attended by members of the wider community and schools and education groups.
Organisers said: “We would like to thank the Dolmen Centre at this stage for their cooperation with this event. We would also like to acknowledge the Donegal Association in Dublin and The Credit Union for providing financial assistance in the running of this initiative.
“Should you require any further information or if you have items of memorabilia which would contribute to our final night exhibition please contact 087 9707887. We look forward to seeing you there.”