VOICES FROM SOUTH-WEST DONEGAL By Brid Ward
VOICES FROM SOUTH-WEST DONEGAL
A Collection of letters and memories
Inver Community Centre
On Friday 7thApril @ 8p.m.
(Donegal Historical Society)
Voices from South-West Donegal is a collection of over one hundred letters and stories that teem with the lives of Irish men, women and children: in 1918 one writer expresses her sorrow at the death of her brother on the Front Line and her personal experience of the influenza epidemic that claimed millions of lives; another contributor writes of the heyday of the Drumbeg Hotel, which boasted politicians, entertainers and, it is rumoured, royalty among its guests.
The memories of people from Killybegs, Bruckless, Dunkineely, Inver, Frosses, Mountcharles and Donegal Town provide a treasured insight into lives past and present. ‘The Diaspora’ for example opens a window to the world of those who left Ireland and those who stayed behind. A diverse selection of letters reminds us of the joys and trials of growing up. ‘The Santa Letters’ and ‘The School Letters’ tell of the children’s hopes and dreams. Other little treasures are compiled in the ‘Miscellany’ section and throughout the book there is a selection of photographs to peruse. Pull up a chair, sit back and enjoy the company of friends, old and new.