14/09/2012 McGinley Launches Book on Donegal Heritage
Dinny McGinley TD, Minister of State at the Department of Arts, Heritage and the Gaeltacht, will today (Friday, 14th September, 2012) officially launch Lug’s Forgotten Donegal Kingdom in An tSean Bheairic, Falcarragh.
The god Lug who is at the heart of the book was revered all over Europe during the Iron Age. The book draws attention particularly to a very significant but somewhat neglected archaeological site – Tullaghabegley mound, church and graveyard.
The author, Brian Lacey has been studying Donegal history and archaeology since 1974. He was director of the pioneering Donegal Archaeological survey 1979-1983. He has written 4 books specifically on Donegal and a few others that deal indirectly with the county’s heritage.
Speaking in advance of the launch Minister McGinley said, “Brian is a firm believer in drawing attention to aspects of the county’s heritage which are neglected or misunderstood. The book provides a new interpretation of aspects of the political and religious history of the area which are of much wider relevance in Ireland and beyond. It places the history of this small area in its widest European context . ”
This book is a follow up to one published in 2006 Cenél Conaill and the Donegal kingdoms: AD 500 – 800.
Also, included in this book is a preface by Charlie Doherty of UCD emphasising the international context of the material in the book. “The book draws on the studies of many other historians, folklorists and archaeologists of the county and as a result provides a much richer understanding of the traditions of the area” added Minister McGinley.
Minister Mc Ginley also thanked those who had worked to bring this publication to fruition and also the staff of Four Courts Press for their expertise in publishing such a beautiful book. “Great credit must also go to the Discovery Programme – Brian Lacey’s previous employers – who made a grant to support the publication” said the Minister.