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Inch Island virtual exhibition online 26.05.20

SINCE the beginning of the year, Donegal County Museum (DCM) has been working with the community of Inch, to create a virtual exhibition that explores this beautiful island’s extraordinary heritage.
They heard yarns of fairy forts, fishermen’s tales, helicopter pilots, folklore, famine FÁS schemes and civil war battles. DCM collected archive documents, maps, artefacts and oral histories. They learnt about Napoleonic-era forts, medieval castles, prehistoric graves, masonic lodges and the field names of the island. Since their first meeting with the community in late January, they have traipsed across boggy fields, down muddy boreens and along strands littered with oyster-shells. DCM researched across three continents, found 17th century bills of sale, discovered 19th century military plans and have flown drones across the island.
Donegal County Museum are now delighted to invite you to visit the new Inch Island website at www.inchheritage.org .
Photo of Inch Fort. Visit Inch Island virtual exhibition at www.inchheritage.org .
The Inch website is an accessible, easy to navigate, reflection of the community’s interests, with much of the content created by the islanders themselves.
• Did you know, for instance, that Inch’s Irish name is Inis na n-Osirí, the island of the oysters?
• Did you know the graveyard at Strahack contains hundreds, possibly thousands of graves and was split in two by British sappers in the late 19th Century?
• Did you know there are hundreds of metres of 18th century underground mill races on the island?
• Did you know that Inch Fort was once armed with Armstrong disappearing guns and was occupied by anti-treaty forces in 1922?
Discover more about Inch Island at www.inchheritage.org .
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