The Road to Glenlough book

A story as monumental as the valley


Christy Gillespie






This historical collection is the result of fifteen years of detailed research and writing. It numbers nearly 700 pages of text which are lavishly illustrated with nine hundred high quality images. These include all of Kent’s Irish paintings which have been sourced from around the world. These art works have now been brought back together again in a manner of speaking for the first time since the artist’s Irish exhibitions of 1927.

The Author

Meet Christy!

Christy Gillespie was born and reared in Kilcar. He now lives in Letterkenny with his wife Brona. They have four of a family who have all flown the nest.

Christy was for many years teacher and principal in Termon National School. During that time his classes were successful in a number of national heritage competitions. The most recent was as overall winners of the All-Ireland ‘Decade of Centenaries’ Competition for their project on the history of a World War One medal found by one of the school parents in his garden.

He has published a very well received book on the life of the school’s local saint, Colm Cille, which sold out two editions. With the help of the school children, he also produced another book on the sad story of the Derryveagh Evictions of 1861. Derryveagh, on the shores of Lough Gartan, is in the catchment area of the school but now has one solitary house only.

For fifteen years he has been hard at work on researching and writing this fascinating story of Glenlough Valley and now finished with this magnus opus, he will be returning to finish an updated version of the Colm Cille story. He also plans to complete a history of the McSweeney Bannagh clan. They controlled a vast territory surrounding Killybegs Harbour which stretched from Inver to Teelin Bay. The McSweeneys had originally travelled from western Scotland as mercenaries and soon became a trusted fighting arm of the O’Donnell family as they held sway in the north-west of Ireland for two centuries.

Purchasing the book

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July 7, 2021

Purchasing the Book

This book can be purchased at the following outlets

Glencolmcille: The Folk Village and Oideas Gael

Dublin: Alan Hanna’s Bookshop, 270 Rathmines Road Lower (01) 4967398

Kilcar: The Aislann and Centra Store

Ardara: The Sliabh Liag Distillery

Letterkenny: Bookmark, Letterkenny Shopping Centre and Bookmark, Courtyard Shopping Centre

Donegal Town: The Four Masters Bookshop

Galway: Kennys Bookshop (091) 709 350

Galway: Charlie Byrne’s Bookshop, The Cornstore, Middle Street (091) 561 766



The book may be purchased from the secure site here and also from An Siopa Gaeilge, Oideas Gael, Glencolmcille.

Book launches and signings

Christy will be in the Aislann in Kilcar from 12-5pm on Friday 28.7.23 for the Heritage Day event there.

There will be a book signing at the Bookmark, Letterkenny Shopping Centre on Saturday 29.7.23 from 1-3pm

Christy will also have a table at the Glencolmcille Agricultural Show on Sunday the 6th of August.

There will be an illustrated talk and book signing at the Dolmen Centre, Kilcloney on Saturday 19th August. Doors open at 7pm for a 7.30pm start.  


The book is a considerable 3.4kg and so postage costs are high. The following are the best postage and packing deals that could be arranged.

Anywhere on the island of Ireland: €10

Great Britain: €20

USA: €60

New Zealand: €60

Australia: €62

If you are having trouble sourcing a copy, please get in touch with Christy at and he will try and arrange something for you.