Papers of Ballyshannon Rural District Council

Repository: Donegal County Archives

Identity Statement

TitlePapers of Ballyshannon Rural District Council
Archive ReferenceIE DON RDC 1
Web Link to this Entry
Creation Dates1899-1925
Extent Medium32 items


Creator(s): Ballyshannon Rural District Council

  • Administrative History ↴

    Rural District Councils were established under the 1898 Local Government (Ireland) Act. In Donegal, there were ten rural district councils, Ballyshannon, Donegal, Dunfanaghy, Glenties, Inishowen, Letterkenny, Milford, Strabane No. 2, Stranorlar, Londonderry No. 2. The functions of the RDC's included responsibility for housing, water and sewerage and roads. RDC's were abolished in 1925 and their functions merged into the County Council and newly established Donegal Board of Health and Public Assistance.
  • Archival History ↴

    The surviving records of the Ballyshannon Rural District Council were held at the Courthouse in Lifford prior to the establishment of the County Archives in 1999.
  • Immediate Source Acquisition ↴

    Official Transfer

Content & Structure

  • Scope & Content: Ballyshannon Rural District Council ↴

    Minutes of the meetings of Ballyshannon Rural District Council. The minutes are generally indexed by function and names. Includes minutes of the meetings held under the Public Health Acts as the Rural District Council acted as the Public Sanitary Authority. The minutes record decisions taken by the Council with regard to their responsibilities in the areas of water supply, public nuisances, dwellings, sanitary inspections, contagious diseases, sewerage; as well as the building and rent of cottages for farm labourers under the labourers acts; the building and repair of roads, bridges and fences. Included are the minutes of Financial Committees, including statements of receipts, usually monthly, accounts, salaries, expenditure, etc. Minutes also include decisions taken on matters such as motions from other local authorities, school attendance, rates, burial boards, malicious injuries claims, and liaisons with the Congested Districts Boards.

  • Appraisal Destruction ↴

    Permanent Retention
  • Accruals ↴

    Further accruals are expected as archives from the workhouse in Ballyshannon have been acquired but not yet listed.
  • Arrangement ↴

    The Collection is arranged in the following order: minutes of meetings of Council, minutes of school attendance committee, correspondence.

Conditions of Access & Use

Access Conditions Generally accessible.
Conditions Governing ReproductionBound volumes cannot be photocopied. Digitisation of extracts permitted in certain circumstances.
Creation Dates1899-1925
Extent Medium32 items
Material Language ScriptEnglish
Characteristics Tech ReqGenerally in good condition but bound volumes need to be handled with care.
Finding Aids Descriptive list Archive Web Link →

Allied Materials

Originals InformationHeld in Donegal County Archives.
Copies InformationSome items scanned.
Related MaterialRDC/2 Donegal Rural District Council BG/38 Ballyshannon Poor Law Union

Descriptive Control Area

Archivist NoteNiamh Brennan
Rules/ConventionsISAD(G): General International Standard Archival Description. 2nd ed. Ottawa: International Council on Archives, 2000.
Date of Descriptions2000