On Wednesday 24 September 2014 Donegal County Museum’s major new exhibition on Donegal and World War One was officially opened. 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.
The exhibition explores topics such as enlisting, training and conscription; Naval operations in Donegal; the Royal and Merchant Navies; life in the trenches; the Gallipoli Campaign; the battles of the Somme, Ypres and Passchendaele; the economic impact of the war on Donegal, especially in relation to railways and fishing; women in the war at home and abroad; the role of chaplains; Belgian refugees in Donegal; the experience of returning soldiers; and commemoration. The exhibition also tells the specific stories of some Donegal men and women who participated in the war. These include Private Bernard McGeehan, who was executed; Catherine Black and Patrick MacGill, who wrote of their experiences during the war and Private James Duffy, who was awarded the Victoria Cross. The 28th Infantry Battalion if the Defence Forces also constructed a life-sized cross-section trench for the exhibition, which include a wide range of memorabilia: photographs, letters, weapons, two artificial limbs and a pipe that once belonged to King George V.
This exhibition is part of the ‘Hands of History’ project led by Donegal County Council and managed by Inishowen Development Partnership, under the auspices of the Donegal CDB Peace and Reconciliation Partnership. It is supported by the EU programme for Peace and Reconciliation.
Admission is free and the exhibition runs until the end of January 2015. For more details contact Donegal County Museum, High Road, Letterkenny, Co Donegal: Tel. 074 9124613/[email protected]