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Monreagh (Ulster Scots – Scots Irish) Heritage Centre

Monreagh Heritage Centre is the only visitor attraction of its type in Ireland. Visitors will learn about the history of the Ulster Scots who settled in County Donegal during, what came to be known as, the Plantation of Ulster.




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The Home of Ulster Scots - Scots Irish Culture in Donegal

Open All Year | Monday to Friday 10am - 4pm | Weekends by Arrangement

Ulster Scots Burns Night 2015

Upcoming Events

We host events throughout the year and you can keep up to date here: Our Upcoming Events

Monreagh Ulster Scots Church 1644

Monreagh Church 1644

Monreagh Church is one of the oldest Presbyterian churches in Ireland. It was founded in 1644

Ulster Scots Historic Characters

Historic Characters

Characters from the past come back to life at our events and festivals

Monreagh Ulster Scots Heritage Centre

Monreagh Heritage Centre

The Centre is located in the Laggan area of East Donegal. It is two Kilometers from Carrigans Village

The only Visitor Centre of its type in Ireland

garden-1Sitting opposite a Presbyterian Church whose congregation was established in 1644, the centre contains a wealth of information from the Plantation of Ulster to the inauguration of many US Presidents of Ulster-Scots descent including Andrew Jackson and Woodrow Wilson.

Housed within a beautifully restored manse, each room of the heritage centre focuses on a specific era of Ulster-Scots and Scots Irish history through which the visitor can gain an unparalleled insight into the cultural, economic and social impact that this region has had on the world today.

As part of a self guided tour, visitors to the Centre can view a rarely seen collection of original photographs, paintings and other memorabilia. A selection of local historical records are also available to help visitors trace their family tree.

The Centre  hosts regular music, culture and history events as well as a ‘Living History’ schools’ programme.

Discover Donegal

Discover Ulster Scots Sites in DonegalYou will find some of the most important sites and people of Ulster Scots history in this 40 page guide to Donegal. It was here that the first Scots lived and worked when they arrived in Ulster. Many important events took place in Donegal that influenced and shaped our history.





Family History

Ulster Scots Genelology BookletThe purpose of this booklet is to provide a simple step by step guide for those who wish to research their ancestry in West Ulster in the Nineteenth and Twentieth Centuries. It concentrates on sources available both locally and on the internet, with occasional reference to sources available nationally. The information contained herein is equally valid and applicable to all creeds and denominations.



Flax – The Forgotten Harvest

Movie Night Special, Wednesday 25 February 2015, 7:30pm – 9pm, Old School House , Monreagh Heritage Centre. Flax production in Donegal is now a thing of the past, in many ways a forgotten harvest.. It was, in its day the main crop grown in Ulster and so members of the Armagh Vintage Vehicle Club relive those days by planting, growing and harvesting a field of flax. Using skills and machinery of the 1940s era they once again bring the flax harvest to life. Join with the members as they successfully grow, harvest and transport the flax to the scutch mill – areal piece of living... read more

Burns Night Supper, Fri 23 Jan

Join Us for our annual Burns Night Supper at The Halfway House, Burnfoot,  County Donegal, on Friday 23 January, 2015. The night includes a 2 course traditional supper with entertainment and dancing. Tickets can be reserved by emailing: tickets@monreagh.net. Download Burns Night Poster The Burns Supper is an institution of Scottish life: a night to celebrate the life and works of the national Bard. Chairman’s welcome The Chair (host/organiser) warmly welcomes and introduces the assembled guests and the evening’s entertainment. The Selkirk Grace A short but important prayer read to usher in the meal, The Selkirk Grace is also known as Burns’s Grace at Kirkcudbright. Although the text is often printed in English, it is usually recited in Scots. Some hae meat and canna eat, And some wad eat that want it, But we hae meat and we can eat, And sae the Lord be thankit. Piping in the haggis Guests should normally stand to welcome the dinner’s star attraction, which should be delivered on a silver platter by a procession comprising the chef, the piper and the person who will address the Haggis. A whisky-bearer should also arrive to ensure the toasts are well lubricated. During the procession, guests clap in time to the music until the Haggis reaches its destination at the table. The music stops and everyone is seated in anticipation of the address To a Haggis. Address to the haggis The honoured reader now seizes their moment of glory by offering a fluent and entertaining rendition of To a Haggis. The reader should have his knife poised at the ready. On cue (His knife see Rustic-labour dight),... read more

Christmas at Monreagh 2014

Join Us for an an afternoon of Christmas Family Entertainment. Download and Print Our Christmas 2014 Poster    2PM Santa & Sleigh accompanied by World Champion Pipes & Drums Band (2 Euro includes present) 3PM Multi award winning Cantamus (Mix Voice) Choir 4PM Scottish & Country Dancing Family Entertainment Hot Stew served ( 2 Euros) Tea Coffee ( 1 Euro... read more

400 Years of Scottish Settlement in the Laggan

The Words, Music, Dance, Industries, Traditions

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Our popular Facebook Page has up to date news about the happenings and events at Monreagh. Enjoy regular posts concerning the people and times of the Lagan

Check out our Monreagh YouTube Channel

Our Monreagh Youtube Channel has over 100 videos highlighting the history, characters, events and happenings of the Laggan area of Donegal and beyond. You can enjoy interviews with local historians, view an event at Monreagh, or listen to what some of our visitors from home and abroad have to say about their visit to Monreagh.

Why Not Pay Us a Visit

The Centre attracts visitors locally, regionally, nationally and internationally. Its the ideal location for study visits from school, colleges, universities and societies

Great place to go with a lot of great stuff inside documenting the Ulster Scots here in Ireland. I am a genealogist and I came to learn more about why my people came here and why they left for America. I was given a lot of good information.”

Jim and Cindy | Texas, USA

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My fifth great Grandfather was the Reverend Jospeh Rhea who was minister of Fahan Church from the 1740s to 1769. He went to Philadelphia with his family  in 1769 and became minister of a church in Ta(r)ney Town, Maryland.

Flora Gammon | North Carolina, USA

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Jul 29, 2015 by Catherine Jacobs

So glad I found you and stopped by!

A wonderful program. Keep up the good work!

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