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“Seeking the Swilly” , Book Launch & Lecture @Donegal Railway Museum

Saturday 29th June, 3pm

Venue: Donegal Railway Museum

Donegal Railway Museum is delighted to announce  the official book launch “Seeking the Swilly” by Hugh Dougherty and talk on Saturday 29th June, 3pm. This follows on from the success of Hugh’s previous book, the “County Donegal Railways Bus Services” which was launched at our Museum last year.

The new 50-page paperback publication is a collection of terrific colour and black & white photos, many of which have not been published in book form before. This publication tells the unique story of the Londonderry & Lough Swilly Railway and it’s Bus Services which once operated across north Donegal and into Derry, offering new material celebrating this important part of Donegal’s heritage, with all profits going towards continuing to tell the story of the railways and buses that once operated across County Donegal.

Transport journalist Hugh Dougherty, got to know the Swilly railway and buses, while on holidays in Donegal as a teenager in the 1960s. A proud member of the Glasgow-Donegal diaspora, Hugh contributes to transport magazines and local and national media, including the Irish papers in Scotland. As a  father of four grown-up children and a grandfather for five, he lives with his wife, Patricia, who has suffered, patiently, for the last 48 years, from his life-long fascination with all things Donegal train/bus related, including building a working, 4mm scale model of the railway, and its buses in their Glasgow home. Hugh is also an Honorary Life Member of the Donegal Railway Museum.

Seeking the Swilly is available through this website,  under “Shop” and at our museum directly. This is another welcome addition to the Donegal Railway archive and is a must-have for anyone interested in our local heritage and in the Londonderry & Lough Swilly Railways and buses.

The official launch of the new book and talk will take place at the Donegal Railway Museum on Saturday 29th June at 3pm. This will be a ticketed event. This lecture will also be streamed live on our Facebook and YouTube Channel.

If you would like to attend the event in person, as space is limited, please book your ticket at . Tickets are free, but we would encourage donations at the door on the day itself.



Donegal Railway Heritage Centre

Donegal Railway Heritage Centre is a registered charity and has been operating for over 25 years. The community museum is an important part of the visitor offer in the town and County, as well as creating employment for local people. Our remit is to keep the history and heritage of the County Donegal Railways alive through the running of the Museum, and the rescuing, restoration and showcasing of unique rolling stock and traction.

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