One very busy man is Inishowen Historian Sean Beattie. Fresh from his recent publication of the Donegal Atllas the Culdaff based academic has another book hot off the press.
This week Irish Academic Press announced the launch of ‘The Impact of the Congested Districts Board’ by Mr.Beattie.
The book, which is available fromtoday, will be launched by Martin Reilly, the Mayor of Derry, in McGrory’s Hotel, Culdaff, on Thursday next 3 at 7.30 pm.
In this highly accessible and lively new book Seán Beattie explores the dramatic impact of the newly formed Congested Districts Board (CDB) on the economic, political and cultural life of Co. Donegal.
Beattie places the spotlight firmly on the three decades of Donegal history from 1891 to the early years of the new state, an often overlooked period in Irish history. In particular, as we embark on a period of centenaries and commemorations, Donegal in Transition explores the lives of ordinary people with special emphasis on fishing, agriculture and cottage industries.
Under the guidance of the CDB, the county experienced a marked improvement in living standards with new opportunities for women and the regeneration of rural communities. Pursuing an aggressive policy of rail extension to develop communications and improve marketing, the CDB made it possible to travel by train across
Donegal county from Carndonagh to Burtonport. The most outstanding success story was the carpet manufacturing industry in south Donegal with Killybegs Carpets being recognized as a world leader. Many coastal towns became hubs of activity as new piers, boat yards and fish-curing stations came on stream. When the CDB closed its doors in 1923, it could proudly and justly claim to have made a significant improvement in the lives of everyone living in Donegal.