Virtual Record Treasury of Ireland

The VRTI Goes to Donegal

On 22 November, Donegal County Council and Donegal Library Services hosted the Virtual Record Treasury of Ireland in Central Library, Letterkenny for a special event: “Finding Donegal in the Virtual Record Treasury.”

The room was packed and the audience heard presentations from Ciarán Wallace, Deputy Director of the VRTI, Brian Gurrin, VRTI Research Fellow and Census Specialist, Niamh Brennan, Donegal County Archivist, and Una Mathewson, Donegal Local Studies Librarian.

Some relevant Donegal County Archives Resources:
Time Period Record of Donegal Local Government
1899–present (partial digitisation) Donegal County Council
1899–1925 (digitisation near completion) Rural District Councils
1754–1899 (digitised) Grand Jury Presentments & Minutes
1890–2014 (partial digitisation) Town Commissioners/Urban District Councils: Ballyshannon, Bundoran, Buncrana & Letterkenny
1840–1923 (digitised, can be viewed at Poor Law Unions (Workhouses) Ballyshannon, Donegal, Dunanaghy, Glenties, Letterkenny, Milford, Inishowen, Stranorlar
19th / Early 20th century (some collections digitised) Other Private/Public Collections Including Railways, National Schools, Landed Estate Papers, Political Papers, Business & Local History Collections

The collections which are digitised and freely available can be accessed at: under Digitised Archives. (Note: Poor Law unions: records can be viewed on

Donegal County Archives Research is by prior appointment only 

Contact: Niamh Brennan, Donegal County Archives,  Donegal County Council, Three Rivers Centre, Lifford, Co. Donegal   Email:   Phone: (074) 91 53900

Some relevant Donegal County Library Resources:
Time Period Title
1630 (hardcopy, digitisation planned) Muster Rolls, Co. Donegal
1664-66 (hardcopy, digitisation planned) Hearth Money Rolls
1768 (hardcopy, digitisation planned) Register of Deeds in County Donegal
1796 (hardcopy, digitisation planned) Spinning-wheel Premium Entitlement List (Flax List), County Donegal
1833-35 (Digitised) First Ordnance Survey Maps of County Donegal
1772 – present (microfilm and Irish Newspaper Archives) Local newspaper archives
17th – 19th Century (hardcopy) Rare Books Collection
19th century- present (partial digitisation) Local History Collections

The collections which are digitised and freely available can be accessed at:

Donegal Studies Department, Central Library, Letterkenny opening hours: Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, and Friday 9.30am – 5.30pm
Thursday 1.00pm -8.00pm.

Email:   Phone:(074) 91 24950

Here are some images from the Roadshow, where we explored the history of Donegal and its people through a combination of our exciting online resource and the wonderful resources available in the Donegal County Archives and at Central Library, Letterkenny.

VRTI Deputy Director Dr Ciarán Wallace presenting an overview of the Virtual Record Treasury of Ireland and its parent project, Beyond 2022.

VRTI Census Specialist Dr Brian Gurrin presenting on Donegal records in the Virtual Record Treasury.

Donegal County Archivist Dr Niamh Brennan presenting on resources in the Donegal County Archives.

Donegal Local Studies Librarian Una Mathewson presenting on local studies resources in the Donegal County Library.

Wednesday, 22 November 2023, 12:00 PM

Jean-Philippe SanGiovanni