first_imgThe town of Killybegs is known today mainly for its connection with the fishing industry. But it was not always so.KillybegsThe development of Killybegs in the late 19th and early 20th century will be discussed by historian and author, Helen Meehan, in a special Heritage Week lecture on the evening of Tuesday, August 25.Appropriately, the talk will be delivered in the Killybegs International Carpet Making & Fishing Centre – the old Donegal Carpets factory – and will deal in some detail with the foundation of the hand-knotted carpet making industry here by Scottish industrialist, Alexander Morton, in 1898. It is hoped that some of the workers who were employed in the factory before it closed will attend also. Morton’s initiative was encouraged and supported by the Congested Districts Board, a British Government agency established in 1891 to deal with poverty in the west of Ireland. As well as Killybegs, Morton set up carpet-making factories in Crolly, Anagry and Kilcar.The 1890s also so the coming of the railway to Killybegs and the building of the first deepwater pier in the harbour.Helen Meehan is an accomplished author and public speaker and her book, “Inver Parish in History”, is a scholarly and fascinating record of local history in that area. She is a past president of Donegal Historical Society.Her talk on the industrial development of Killybegs will begin at 7.30pm in the old carpet factory meeting room on August 25. There is no admission charge and light refreshments will be served. SO YOU THINK YOU KNOW KILLYBEGS? was last modified: August 7th, 2015 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:donegalhistoryKillybegslast_img read more