Gleann Cholm Cille, named after St Colm Cille, is located in the scenically splendid Sliabh Liag peninsula. This Gaeltacht region is renowned for its wealth of tradition, culture, music, prehistoric settlements, and community initiatives. A project is now underway to create an interactive digital map showcasing the rich heritage of minor placenames in Gleann Cholm Cille.
Oideas Gael, in partnership with other local organisations such as Béal an Phobail, the Southwest Donegal Language Planning Initiative, is implementing the project. Project manager Dermot Diamond explains the background to the project, who is involved, and what we are trying to achieve in the video below.
Thanks to funding provided by the Heritage Council, under the Community Heritage Grant Scheme 2021, we are working with a team of professional geographers to make a detailed, interactive map available to the public. Susan Hegarty, Associate Professor in the DCU School of History and Geography, and her team talk about the process of building the map in a separate video on this page.
This project has also been supported though the Colmcille1500 Grant Scheme which is funded by the North West Development Fund and Creative Ireland, in conjunction with and supported by The Executive Office and The Irish Government. 2021 marks 1,500 years since the birth of St Colm Cille and we are focusing on placenames associated with Columban heritage as part of this phase of the project. The audio and text media on this page highlight the work of our collectors.