Mabel Colhoun Exhibition ~ Buncrana Library ~ 6th September to 4th October 2017

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The 6th of September will mark an important day for many in Inishowen as a display from the Tower Museum; ‘Mabel Colhoun: A North West Pioneer’, will take temporary residence in the Buncrana Library. Mabel Colhoun was a pioneering local archaeologist and photographer who dedicated her life to charting the heritage of the north Donegal peninsula.

The temporary satellite exhibition is being hosted in partnership with the West Inishowen History and Heritage Society (WIHHS), Buncrana Library and the Tower Museum.

Mabel Colhoun Exhibition

Mabel Colhoun Exhibition ~ Tower Museum

Launch Of Mabel Exhibition, Buncrana Library, Inishowen, Donegal

Wednesday’s launch, at 6.30pm, will explore Mabel’s close ties with Inishowen through speakers from the WIHHS who have been working closely with the Tower Museum in cataloguing her vast collection, uncovering exciting new information along the way. At the launch there will be some readings from Mabel’s letters as well as some new findings from the collection highlighted by WIHHS members.

“We are very excited about bringing Mabel’s collection, in many ways, back home to Inishowen. Mabel’s work on uncovering the rich archaeological heritage of this peninsula is unparalleled ~ Acting Education Officer at Derry City and Strabane District Council Ronan McConnell.

Mabel Colhoun Heritage Lands Of Eogain Inishowen

Mabel Colhouns glasses exhibited at the Lands of Eogain Event in Inishowen, Donegal

The exhibition will feature a display case of a small selection of items from Mabel’s collection, including letters and archaeological artefacts relevant both to the area and Mabel’s wider work.

Buncrana Library opening hours are:

  • Tues 9:30 – 5:30,
  • Wed 12:30 to 8,
  • Thurs 9:30 – 5:30,
  • Friday 9:30 to 5:30
  • Sat 10-2.30

The mini-exhibition forms part of a series of events by the Tower Museum to highlight the life of Mabel Colhoun. The series continues on Saturday September 9th at the Tower Museum with a sketching workshop led by local artist Chris Walker suitable for ages 12+ and encouraging participants to sketch objects from Mabel’s collection in pen and ink.

Tower Museum


West Inishowen History and Heritage Society


Location: Buncrana Library, Inishowen, Donegal

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