Michael O’Donohoe Collection Castleisland

The Michael O Donohoe Memorial Heritage Project was launched in Castleisland, Co Kerry in October 2014 by a local committee dedicated to safeguarding the research of the late Michael O’Donohoe, former principal of Castleisland Boys’ National School. Michael O’Donohoe’s research, conducted over a period of about 30 years, relates to Castleisland and district history and heritage. Michael O’Donohoe, who was an accomplished sportsman, took up teaching in the Boys’ National School, Castleisland in the 1950s and eventually became headmaster there before his retirement in 1991 at age 55. Local history research occupied his remaining years until his death at the age of 71 in 2008.

The papers of the late Michael O’Donohoe are now catalogued and digitised: Download the Michael O’Donohoe Catalogue. Enquiries about catalogued material and any other queries can be made to odonohoearchive@gmail.com. To order copies of documents held in the Michael O’Donohoe Collection, please complete a Collection Order Form and return to the address given on our Contact page.

In 2015, a short film about the project was filmed by John Reidy, editor of The Maine Valley Post, in which family and friends of the late Michael O’Donohoe were invited to reminisce on their relationship with him.  The film, The Master’s Legacy, of 15 minutes duration, was produced by Micheál Reidy www.mdgd.net. It can be viewed below.