The following articles give a history of the site, its buildings, and the people who worshipped and served there.  This research was generously supported by the RJ Hunter Research Bursary Scheme through the Royal Irish Academy.


For the full story read
St Columba’s, the old church at Straid – a history by Catherine McWilliams
(pdf, opens in a new tab).

This article was first published in It’s Us They’re Talking About: Proceedings from the McGlinchey Summer School 2000 – Aspects of Church History in Inishowen and the Northwest.  Donegal: McGlinchey Summer School, 2001


Each of the following articles deals with a different aspect of the church’s long history.

  1. Straid as a place of worship
  2. Early Christian Inishowen
  3. McLaughlin Brothers  
  4. From Monastery to Parish Church
  5. The Morrisons and the Miosach
  6. Poynings’ Law
  7. A talk given to the Donegal Historical Society, 1969 / Brian Bonnar
  8. Penal Laws
  9. Dresden House , the Rectory
  10. Protestants in Clonmany / John Moulden
  11. Women’s Work / Margaret Farren

Another article which may be of interest is The Tithe War in Clonmany, 1830s/ Paddy Doherty (Little) (pdf, opens in a new window).

Straid Church (1 of 38)

The St Columba’s Staid Conservation Group wish to acknowledge the RJ Hunter fund for assistance in conducting  our recent research.