This anthology uses extracts from a wide variety of sources, to examine social and geographical change in Donegal over the past five centuries. Combining the approaches of the literary anthologist with that of the historian and social geographer, Jim Mac Laughlin focuses on changes in community life and material culture in Donegal from the pre-colonial period to the late 20th century. The book presents extracts from historical records, travel literature, literary sources, biographies and autobiographies, official documents, political pamphlets and reports of government officials. It places the interpretations of academics alongside the observations of local historians, antiquarians, travellers, government officials, poets and writers.
Jim Mac Laughlin is senior lecturer, Department of Geography, University College Cork.