Monday, 30 April 2012

News From the Ozarks

 The Ozark mountains in Arkansas and Missouri and the Ouachita Mountains in Arkansas, were settled by Scots-Irish in the early and mid 1800s. The uplands there have remained a homeland of traditional Scots-Irish people and culture.  Links to the State of the Ozarks E-zine below.
Talking Rocks (Fairy Cave), Ozark Gardening, Aunt Pena &  Shoo-Fly Pie
(StateoftheOzarks Issue 233, April 29, 2012)
 Been thinkin’ about... 
Just enjoyin’ being editor. It’s a lot of work. No doubt about that. But the folks I get to meet, the stories I get to write, the photos I get to take? It couldn’t get any better than that. This week, our signature article is all about the beautiful and mysterious Talking Rocks Cavern (formerly known as Fairy Cave for the oldtimers):
Talking Rocks (Fairy Cave):
Also included in this issue? Articles on Ozark lettuce, the amazingly tasty Reisentraube tomato (yep, it’s definitely time to start gardening), the memories of “Elias Tucker” all about Aunt Pena (one of my favorite stories on StateoftheOzarks), a review of the bluegrass album, One Lonely Shadow and a recipe for Shoo-Fly Pie. Also, don’t forget we have Ozarks photography workshops coming up really soon:
Hope ya like it! As always, thanks for reading and God bless,
Joshua Heston, editor

Maine Ulster Scots Project

The Maine Ulster Scots Project brings news of current events and articles on the history of the Scots-Irish in New England.  Link Maine Ulster Scots Project

New Donegal E-zine Available

Welcome to the Donegal in Touch e-zine.  This e-zine is part of the Donegal Diaspora Project. Through this project Donegal is reaching out and connecting with people in all parts of the world who have a connection to or interest in Donegal.  This e-zine is sent to people in all parts of the world. 
Please feel free to pass this e-zine on to others that you feel might be interested in it. Any views, comments or contributions to the e-zine are very welcome.  The latest edition of the e-zine can be viewed or downloaded via the Donegal County Development Board website - using the following link:
For further information on Donegal or on the Donegal Diaspora Project, please contact Roisin McBride at

Fáilte go ríomhiris Dún na nGall i dTeagmháil. Tá an ríomhiris seo ina pháirt de Thionscnamh Diaspóra Dhún na nGall. Tá Dún na nGall ag síneadh amach agus ag nascú le daoine ar fud an domhain a bhfuil gaol nó suim acu leis an chondae. Cuirtear an ríomhiris seo chuig daoine i ngach cearn den domhan.

Seol an ríomhiris seo chuig duine ar bith a mbeadh suim acu ann, le do thoil. Beidh fáilte roimh thuairimí, ráitis nó eolas don ríomhiris. Tá an eagrán is deireannaí don e-iris le fáil le léamh nó íoslodáil ó suíomh idirlín Bord Forbartha Chontae Dhún na nGall - ag an nasc seo a leanas:

Chun tuilleadh eolais ar Chontae Dhún na nGall nó ar Tionscnamh Diaspóra Dhún na nGall, dean teagmháil le Maria Nic Fheargusa ag nó le Róisín Nic Giolla Bhríde ag
With kind regards

The Donegal - community in touch / Dún na nGall - pobail i d'teagmháil Publication Team

Roisin McBride
Donegal County Council

Tuesday, 3 April 2012

Iníon Dubh

model and photographer Niamh O'Rourke and actor, archaeologist, Dave Swift portray Iníon Dubh and Redshank in a recent Irish photo shoot.  
Iníon Dubh is one of the most remembered and beloved heroines in Irish history.  Iníon Dubh was her pet name which means 'black haired daughter.'  She was Fionnuala Ní Dhónaill née Nic Dhónaill.  She was a Gaelic aristocrat, the daughter of the taoiseach of clann Mhic Dhónaill, Seamus Mac Dónaill, and Ann Chaimbeul, the daughter of the third Earl of Argyll, head of clann Chaimbeul.  She was multi lingual, speaking her native Gaelic, Latin, and English.  She spent much of her early life in the Scottish Court.  She married Aodh Mac Manus Ó Dónaill in the summer of 1569.   She moved to the Laggan district of Donegal with some 1,000 Redshanks recruited from clans Caimbeul and Mac Dónaill.

With her husband's health failing, she became the de facto taoiseach of Clann Uí Dhónaill by the mid 1580s.  She was by this time also the most powerful person in west Ulster, because she commanded her own army of very devoted Redshanks.  An account of her career in Donegal will be included in the book A Short History of the Laggan Redshanks, 1569-1630, which will be published by Ulster Heritage Publishing later this spring.

Iníon Dubh was the mother of Aodh Rua Ó Dónaill who led his west Ulster army to many victories against the English in the Nine Years War (1594-1603). 

She lived at Mongavlin just south of St Johnston, in east Donegal.  The remains of her castle are still standing.  Her legacy still lives in Donegal in the many families there that are of Redshank origins.