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Gartan Historical Walk

By |June 11th, 2015|

Historical Walk with Seamus from walkingdonegal.net
 Thursday 18th of June 2015,

  Meet at Wilkins Bar for this relaxed walk from Churchill to St Colmcille’s Abbey , via Colmcille’s Heritage Centre , The Glebe Gallery,(history of the Gallery by Adrian )  and then returning to Gartan N.S. for light refreshments,  

               Learn about the local history, […]

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Owencarrow viaduct disaster by John Hannigan,

By |May 29th, 2015|


Owencarrow viaduct disaster by John Hannigan,

On the night of January 25th , 1925 the L& L.S. railway suffered the worst accident in its 100 years existence. A gale blew a train off the Owencarrow Viaduct killing four passengers and injuring eight.

On the footplate of the ill-fated train was fireman John Hannigan,

Neil Boyle from Burtonport was […]

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Owencarrow Viaduct disaster

By |February 10th, 2015|

Owencarrow Viaduct disaster,

The building of the Owencarrow Viaduct, 1903 The building of the Burtonport extension was a great engineering challenge with little machinery or electric power, It was 100% manpower and horse power … No jack hammers, air compressors or jcb’s. Dynamite was used to blast the huge cuttings…. Another of their problems was to […]