If you’re a stranger in town and not sure of the whereabouts of, say, the Donegal County Museum, you could always pick up a copy of the guide booklet ‘Walks Along Letterkenny’s Local History and Heritage.”
And if you can’t locate one, ask directions and head along this Saturday to the Museum for the launch of the follow-up edition of the free guide, the original version of which hit the streets – many of which are featured in it – last year.
Compiled by local history and heritage buff, Paul Maguire, this handy pocket guide has been updated to include additional information not included in the initial booklet.
It details various walks that can be undertaken featuring all of the town’s historic sites and buildings and the stories behind them.
“Letterkenny has many buildings that are steeped in history, and its people have many stories to tell,” Paul wrote in the introduction to the original guide.
His latest venture includes easy to navigate text and photographs for the interested visitor or native and those keen on local history and heritage.
It will be launched on Saturday afternoon by a man who knows all about local history and, literally, wrote the book on it!
In 2014, author and historian, Kieran Kelly produced the painstakingly detailed and informative book ‘Where the Winding Swilly Flows’ – a compelling history of his native town and surrounds.
The second volume of ‘Walks Along Letterkenny’s Local History and Heritage’ doesn’t pretend to match that for detail but nevertheless adds to the treasure trove of material available outlining the town’s historical references and impressive heritage.
It will be officially launched at 2.p.m. at the Donegal County Museum on Saturday and anybody interested is invited along for the occasion.
And if you don’t arrive with a guide book, you can certainly leave with one…!