The Glen House is delighted to announce our Genealogy package in association with Jennifer McLaughlin-Doherty from Clonmany Genealogy / Irish Ancestral Research. This package allows guests of the Glen House to take a step back in time and trace their ancestral roots with the aid of a professional genealogist and historian.

Package Includes:

* Three nights Bed and Breakfast
* Hot Whiskey and Cream Tea
* Genealogy Consultation and Research with Jennifer Doherty from Clonmany Genealogy


€175 pps
Single supplement guests from €115
Walk & Talk Tours or Fireside Stories are available at an additional supplement

For more information contact the Glen House on 074 93 76745 or email

Clonmany Genealogy is a local group from diverse backgrounds sharing the common goal of connecting people globally to their Irish Roots. They are motivated, approachable, inclusive, and dedicated to the pursuit of genealogical excellence. Their motto is “genealogy without source is mythology” and they produce fully verified family history reports in close consultation with clients. Jennifer Doherty, our professional genealogist and social historian, has been engaged in family history for over 25 years, with a vast knowledge of local and national genealogical sources.

Jennifer can give you a general consultation, on your meeting with her, on the possibilities of the research that you wish to have undertaken. She will advise as to the various types of research which can be done and allow you to choose a particular genealogical package according to your budget. You do not need to have ancestors or relatives from the local area either, as Jennifer’s expertise covers all of Ireland and includes researching the Ulster-Scots ancestry. Relax in the comfort of the Glen House as you learn to step back and reconnect to your earlier family perhaps lost in the mists of time.

As a walking host Jennifer can help transport you to the historical era of your ancestors, advising on social history, heritage, customs, and of course genealogy. Tailored historical walking tours of the local area can also be arranged with prior consultation.

Clonmany is an ancient village with a long and exciting history….from Mesolithic rock art in the Isle of Doagh, Iron Age forts and Megalithic standing stones, cairns and dolmens dotted all over the parish…to a number of ancient Irish monasteries with a connection to local saints of the Céile Dé: Eigne, Bochais, Maelisa O’Brolchaine (patron saint of Clonmany) and St. Columcille in the 6th century. By 10th century Viking raids which disturbed the peace of the locals. This rich and fascinating past has led to lots of local traditions and exciting tales which are still celebrated in this area in song and poetry to the present day.

It was home to not one, but three castles in its time – one of which was inhabited by the powerful Erranach family of Inishowen, the Morrisons, who were the monastery “managers”. The other, Carrickabraghy Castle (and its smaller “sister” castle, Castle Stoke) was the scene for the planning of the ill–fated revolt of Sir Cahir O’Dougherty which led directly to the “Flight of the Earls” and the Plantation of Ulster.

The Glen House itself, built in the 1700s was central to local social history and has plenty of stories to tell – with landlords who faced the wrath of the local tenants to a tree-swinging maiden who loved nothing more than making her way several miles out to Urris moving from branch to branch of the tree lined avenue. The house was also home to Glenfield camp during the First World War – a training camp and refuge for soldiers before going to the Front.

Clonmany Parish has many famous sons and daughters also….from the grandfather of the former US Leader of the House, Tip O’Neill; Cornelius Doherty who helped to fund the political beginnings of the Kennedy Dynasty; to Paul Dever, former Governor of Massachusetts. John Toland, the famous rationalist philosopher, freethinker and occasional satirist was also from Clonmany, among many others! Find out more about these fascinating stories by arranging a tour or sit by the fire and be regaled by Jennifer with her “Fireside Stories” series.

As part of the package visitors of the Glen House will be also be provided with a Map of the three National Loop Trails. These magnificent National Loop Walk Trails take in the surrounding Urris and Inishowen Hills, with a majestic view from the top of Mamore Gap that will take your breath away as you look out over the surrounding lands of Tullagh, Dunaff, the lighthouse of Fanad Head and out onto the vast Atlantic Oceans.