Inch Island virtual exhibition
SINCE the beginning of
the year, Donegal County Museum (DCM) has been
working with the community of Inch, to create a
virtual exhibition that explores this beautiful
island’s extraordinary heritage.
They heard yarns of fairy forts, fishermen’s tales,
helicopter pilots, folklore, famine FÁS schemes and
civil war battles. DCM collected archive documents,
maps, artefacts and oral histories. They learnt
about Napoleonic-era forts, medieval castles,
prehistoric graves, masonic lodges and the field
names of the island. Since their first meeting with
the community in late January, they have traipsed
across boggy fields, down muddy boreens and along
strands littered with oyster-shells. DCM researched
across three continents, found 17th century bills of
sale, discovered 19th century military plans and
have flown drones across the island.
Donegal County Museum are now delighted to invite
you to visit the new Inch Island website at
The Inch website is an
accessible, easy to navigate, reflection of the
community’s interests, with much of the content
created by the islanders themselves.
• Did you know, for instance, that Inch’s Irish name
is Inis na n-Osirí, the island of the oysters?
• Did you know the graveyard at Strahack contains
hundreds, possibly thousands of graves and was split
in two by British sappers in the late 19th Century?
• Did you know there are hundreds of metres of 18th
century underground mill races on the island?
• Did you know that Inch Fort was once armed with
Armstrong disappearing guns and was occupied by
anti-treaty forces in 1922?
Discover more about Inch Island at