Heritage Week in Inishowen, Donegal has brought to light not only the rich culture of the region but individuals that made significant contributions to our understanding of its past today. The Lands Of Eogain Heritage group hosted their second event entitled “Amy Young in Inishowen Heritage” to celebrate the life and work of heritage pioneer Amy Young.
Celebrating The Life And Work Of Amy Young in Inishowen, Donegal
The day kicked off with an insightful overview by local expert and historian Sean Beattie, pictured above, who set the context of what it was like to live in Inishowen during the time of the Young Family and the political and industrial movement that had shaped the region. This was followed by a fascinating illustrated talk by Rachel McGowan, Amy’s grand-daughter, about the life and work of this remarkable lady, alongside information about the Young Family and her invaluable publication; 300 years of Inishowen printed in 1929.
Amy Isobel Young ~ The Move To Inishowen, Donegal
Amy Stuart was born in 1885 in Winnipeg Canada, daughter of William Stuart and Barbara Harvey who hailed from Ireland. With this in mind Amy and her parents moved back to Ireland in the 1800s and lived in Co. Antrim. Following her marriage to Robert Chichester Young in 1913, Amy would move to Culdaff House, see below, in Inishowen. Culdaff house was owned by the Young Family, landlords who lived in the area from the 17th Century.
Amy Isobel Young ~ Documenting 300 Years Of Inishowen, Donegal
300 Years of Inishowen offers a unique account of the the social and political climate of Inishowen during two World Wars and offers an insight into the families who inhabited the Peninsula since the 17th Century. Amy spent many years extracting information from a variety of documents which include family memoirs, diaries, wills and estate records. This resulted in a fascinating collection of information spanning 300 years.
Rachael also highlighted Amy’s interest in archaeology and history, a passion shared by Dr Robert Staveley Young (1862 -1898), who had explored and documented a number of sites in the Inishowen Peninsula. Much of his work informed and inspired Amy’s writing on this subject. Pictured above, we have an image of one, of the many trips taken by Amy to explore sites in the Inishowen countryside.
A Visit To Culdaff House ~Inishowen, Donegal
Culdaff House, pictured above, is a remarkable building that has undergone significant structural change throughout the years yet still retains much of its original historic charm. Although burned on 26 May 1922, Culdaff House was rebuilt in 1925 with the help of the Colhoun family, ancestors of another heritage pioneer Mabel Colhoun. The property is now owned and lived in by the grandson of Amy Young; George Mills. During the event visitors and locals were provided a unique insight into the history of this building with a tour of the grounds and house by Mr Mills, see above.
The final adventure of the day included a tour by Sean Beattie and Neil McGrory, pictured above of historical and archaeological sites in the Culdaff area which included;Cloncha and Carrowmore.Heritage In Inishowen
Heritage events such as the above encourage us to appreciate and uncover more about the ancient landscape of Inishowen and the remarkable individuals who recorded it.