“Seeking the Swilly” by Hugh Dougherty – JUST OUT!


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Donegal Railway Museum is delighted to announce the arrival of a new Donegal railway bus book, titled the “Seeking the Swilly” by Hugh Dougherty, following on from the success of his previous book, the “County Donegal Railways Bus Services” which was launched at the Museum last year.

This 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 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 new book is just €14 + Postage €4 = €18

(Current Members receive a 10% Discount; contact [email protected] for Membership Discount)

For orders outside Ireland and the UK contact [email protected] for additional postage cost.

ADDITIONAL TALK – It has just been announced that Hugh will officially launch his new book and give a talk at the Donegal Railway Museum on Saturday 29th June at 3pm. Details to follow.