Culdaff historian launches new book tonight

Beattie examines the impact of the Congested Districts Board on Donegal

page 10 Sean Beattie Book Inishowen historian Seán Beattie’s latest book has been ten years in the making and will be launched at McGrory’s in his native Culdaff tonight, Thursday.

Beattie said he first began researching ‘Donegal In Transition: The Impact of the Congested Districts Board’ back in 2003 after earlier learning of the work of the CDB while teaching history at Carn Community School.

The first development agency in Europe, the CDB was set up by Arthur Balfour in 1891 in a bid to lift poverty along the west of Ireland. Beattie found that the Board, which was dissolved in 1923, had a dramatic impact, raising living standards across the county and here in Inishowen.

Beattie, who co-edited the impressive new Donegal Atlas released last month, discovered that the CDB was responsible for a number of important projects in the peninsula, including the establishment of lace and crochet schools in Carn, Culdaff and Malin Head; the restoration of piers at Bunagee and Greencastle and a curing station at Inishtrahull among others.

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