Recollections of 1916 leader Patrick Pearse dancing at a country house in Donegal were highlighted by County Donegal Historical Society's outgoing president as he signed off from the position.

Dr Lochlann McGill recalled the historic event as he signed off from three years in office by stating at the Society's recent AGM in Jackson's Hotel that it had been an honour to fulfill the role.

Outgoing-Donegal-Historical-Society-president-Dr-Lochlann-McGill-standing-handing-over-the-presidents-chain-of-office-to-newly-elected-president-Seán-Boner.-April-20181 Outgoing Donegal Historical Society president Dr Lochlann McGill standing handing over the president's chain of office to newly elected president Seán Boner.

A spokesman said: "The highlight of his term, he noted, was the field day at Marble Hill House in 2016 in which we were privileged to be given access by the owners to the hall near the house where Patrick Pearse attended a ceili and conversed with the fiddle player, local man Andrew MacIntyre, about traditional airs from the district.

"Hundreds attended that field day and it was truly emotional to be in the hall that day. It must be stressed that this house and hall are private property.

"Una McGarrigle, honorary secretary, outlined the main events of the year and flagged up a slight drop in membership.

"In follow-up discussion,  it was felt that this was due to the popularity of local historical societies across the county.

"However, the DHS has been promoting the county's history since 1946 and for many decades it was the only group doing so.

"But it was stressed that all the historical societies in the county benefit by mutual contact and cooperation, as we all have similar aims and objectives."

The 2018 Executive members of the Comittee of Donegal Historical Society. April 2018 The 2018 Executive members of the Comittee of Donegal Historical Society.

NEW PRESIDENT ELECTED 

The spokesman added: "The main item on the evening's agenda was the election of officers. The newly-elected president is Seán Boner, a native of Arranmore island and a solicitor based in Dungloe.

"Seán recalled that his interest in Donegal's history was as a result of his father, who was also very active in the Society, conducting field days in the Rosses and who had documented the life and times of Roise Rua from Arranmore in one of his books.

"Seán is also a historian of great renown, a contributor of articles to the Donegal Annual, and who is always ready and willing to promote the immense history and heritage of his native island and indeed the surrounding ones such as Rutland and Iniskeeragh and the entire Rosses.

"Singled out for a special presentation during the evening's proceedings was Seán Beattie, the long-serving editor of the Donegal Annual.

"Seán was presented with leather-bound, gold embossed copies of the first two volumes of reprints of the Donegal Annuals which cover the 1940s and 1950s.

"Several speakers from the floor also congratulated Seán and wholeheartedly agreed with Dr Seosamh Ó Ceallaigh's  observation that the Annual is one of the best historical publications in the entire country."

Full details of the Society are at donegalhistory.com and new members are most welcome.

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