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Festivals & Events in Donegal


Whatever your interest, there´s a festival for you! Donegal boasts a year-round programme of unique and exciting festivals and events with something to suit every taste. Check out our comprehensive calendar of Festivals and Events in Donegal.

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Donegal Town 550th

15 March - 31st December 2024, Donegal Town. In 2024, Donegal Town will mark its 550th Birthday. Its origins can be traced back to 1474, when Lady Nuala O'Donnell established a Franciscan Abbey on the shores of Donegal Bay. Around the same time, her husband Red Hugh O'Donnell the First, Lord of Tir Chonaill founded Donegal Castle. The Town of Donegal grew up around these two great buildings an…

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Oideas Gael Language & Cultural Courses — 40 Bliain ag Fás

15th March - 28th October 2024 Join us as Oideas Gael celebrates 40 years of Irish language courses and cultural activity holidays for adults in the Donegal Gaeltacht! Oideas Gael in Gleann Cholm Cille, County Donegal, offers highly-acclaimed cultural programmes and Irish language courses for adults, catering for all levels from beginners to experienced speakers. Every year, participants fro…

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The 3 Bucks Left Comedy Show

18th April 2024 The 3 Bucks Left Show, are taking the stage at Villa Rose! Get ready for a night comedy this April 18th. Prepare to be swept away by laughter as The Cowboy (Stephen Kelly), hailed as the biggest (and only) TikTok star of his generation, takes the stage to regale you with his riotous tales of lockdown life and adventures on the road. Alongside him is the legendary Frenchtoast …

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27th April 2024 Join us for an unforgettable night of rock 'n' roll and Elvis Presley's greatest hits at An Chúirt Hotel. The Elvis Spectacular Show is quite simply the greatest Elvis show since 1977. One of the longest running tributes in the UK and Ireland, a show by fans for fans! European champion Ciaran Houlihan is the ultimate Elvis performer backed by an incredible live band and th…

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Fri 3rd May - Sun 5th May 2024 ACE Promotions present Donegal's Official Annual Rebel Fest taking place in Gaoth Dobhair, Donegal over the May Bank Holiday featuring a full weekend of the best of Rebel Music from Scotland & Ireland!! 1st Phase of Acts Announced Include Shebeen, Gary Og, Irish Brigade, Eimear No Ghlacain, Damien Quinn, Chris Erin Go Bragh, Gary Lawlor, Marty Healy, Katelin T…

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The 'Cup of Tae' Traditional Music Festival 2024

3rd - 6th May 2024 The famous ‘Cup of Tae‘ traditional music festival takes place in Ardara in West Donegal. it honours the renowned fiddler John “The Tae” Gallagher. During the festival, you can enjoy Workshops, Schools of Music and street Music all weekend.

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Seán Keane - Live at Lifford Old Courthouse

4th May 2024 The Distinctive Voice of Ireland ‘Seán Keane is a touchstone of great singing tradition. He is the past, the present and the future.” Shay Healy, songwriter, broadcaster and journalist. Seán Keane was born in a small village called Caherlistrane near Tuam, Co. Galway. He grew up in a family of singers and musicians and learned the Sean-nós style of singing from his mother and…

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Rock On The Rock

10th – 11th May 2024 T.C Promotions presents: Rock on the Rock 2024 On Arranmore Island Featuring The Whislin Donkeys One for the Road Rhythm & Sticks Full Moon Fever Barry McGeown

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Words, Language and Lore/Focail, Teanga agus Seanchas

10th May - 12 May 2024 The history theme of the weekend is ‘Words, Language and Lore/ Focail, Teanga agus Seanchas’ and will examine how words and language collided in Mícheál Ó Cléirigh’s Ireland (early 17th Century). Friday 10th May: School opening- Musical interludes - Primary School Art Awards for Art Competition organised for local school children (Fun evening). Summer School Club at Sa…

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Féile Róise Rua

17th - 19th May 2024 Féile Róise Rua is a voluntary community-based festival celebrating the local music, song tradition and heritage of Arranmore island, in particular the music of local singer and song collector Róise Rua, or Róise na nÁmhrán. The festival is run by a social enterprise, Taisce an Oileáin, with all profits from the event going into community and arts projects on Arranmore. …

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Donegal Links Classic

27th - 29th May 2024 Played over Rosapenna (Sandy Hills Links), Portsalon Golf Links & Ballyliffin (Old Links) Teams of four. Ladies & Gents, any combination. (Players are not split) The competition is both a singles & team event where you mark a singles stableford card each day. Team scoring is the best 3 cards from 4.

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Rory Gallagher International Festival

30th May - 2nd June 2024, Ballyshannon The 20th Rory Gallagher International Tribute Festival will take place between 30th May - 2nd June 2024 in the town where the world's greatest Guitarist was born - Ballyshannon, Co. Donegal, Ireland Born at the Rock Hospital in Ballyshannon in 1948 and since 2002 the Rory Gallagher International Tribute Festival has celebrated the Music & Life of Rory…

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Buncrana Music Festival

31st May - 02 June 2024 Buncrana Music Festival returns to Buncrana's Shore Front The highly anticipated Buncrana Music Festival 2024 will take place on Saturday 1st June & Sunday 2nd June 2024, Organiser Barry Doherty is expecting a fantastic event again for 2024 The spectacular line-up including Dan Mc Cabe, Chasing Abbey, Allie Sherlock among other artists will ensure crowds are entertai…

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TownFest Dungloe

31st May - 4th June 2024, Dungloe After the success of last year's TOWN FEST DUNGLOE we just had to do it all over again. Top class entertainment by some of Ireland's finest. Friday 31st May BONKERS BINGO Saturday 1st June DEREK RYAN & GUESTS Sunday 2nd JENNY GREENE plus support Monday 3rd June ONE FOR THE ROAD BAND Dungloe Mayoral Election Ball La Gaelach Traditional mu…

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Inishowen Pride

2nd June 2024 Inishowen Pride are a voluntary community group and organisers of Donegal’s first ever Pride Parade in 2022. The event is growing bigger, brighter and more beautiful every year. Inishowen pride festival will host a range of events in the run up to the Pride parade Sunday 2nd June which will coincide with Pride month celebrations in Ireland and across the world. Follow thei…

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23rd June 2024 @ 8pm Philomena Begley widely known as the Queen of Irish Country is a name that needs very little introduction and is synonymous throughout Ireland and beyond,she has been at the forefront of Irish Country Music now for 60 years and during this time she has had a glittering career that has seen her achieve countless accolades and scoring dozens of No.1 hit songs that include “Th…

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Lennon Festival Ramelton

4th - 15th July 2024, Ramelton The Lennon Festival, an iconic yearly celebration since 1969, is set to enchant attendees from July 4th to July 15th. Bursting with an array of family-friendly activities, this cherished event promises something for everyone. The festivities kick off with a traditional opening ceremony on July 4th, followed by music extravaganzas on July 5th-6th and July 12th-…

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Tuff Inish Adventure race 2024

6th - 20th July 2024 Experience some of Inishowens most beautiful landscapes up close and personal. Choose from 3 different categories, 26km Sprint (beginner), 41km Rebel, 62km Extreme. Tuff Inish gives you the perfect opportunity to challenge yourself in 2024, and sure it would be a shame not to indulge in the local hospitality while you're up here. Tuff Inish ☘️ Adventure racing has explo…

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Earagail Arts Festival

16 days of music, theatre, visual arts, film, literature, circus & carnival on Ireland’s North West Atlantic seaboard with Donegal’s premier summer event, Earagail Arts Festival. Earagail Arts Festival is a bilingual (Irish and English language), multidisciplinary summer festival which takes place each July throughout County Donegal along the Wild Atlantic Way on the north-west coast of Ireland. …

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21st - 28th July 2024 Seven days of guided walking from Dungloe to Gartan including Tory Island Co. Donegal. Be inspired by the life, the trails, and places of Clomcile

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