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Community Events in Donegal

Festivals & Events

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.

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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REBEL FEST DONEGAL 2024

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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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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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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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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Inishowen Quadrathon 2024

15th - 18th August 2024 Ireland's most celebrated and talked about Challenge, It’s not just a race, it’s an adventure experience with lifelong memories. 4 Marathons over 4 days across the stunning Inishowen Peninsula. You can choose Half or Full Marathon over 1 to 4 days, with a separate route on each of the days. The stunning location is surpassed only by the camaraderie and hospitality t…

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2024 Donegal Dragons International Regatta

16th - 17th August 2024, Donegal Town The Donegal Dragon annual regatta weekend is an enjoyable weekend of community spirit, competition, dancing, music, local food, and activities for the dragon boating community both local and international. The event is a change for breast cancer survivors to come together and celebrate. It is a chance for teams to showcase their training against other t…

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Boat Angling World Championships

24th - 31st August 2024 World Championships Boat Angling Juniors (16 to 21 years) 2024 IRELAND - 23rd World Championship Juniors from August 24th to 31st, Rathmullan/Downings The Boat Angling Junior World Championships, for ages 16 to 21 years, is scheduled to take place in Ireland in 2024. The 23rd edition of this championship will be held from August 24th to 31st in Rathmullan/Downings.…

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12th Annual Arranmore Country Fest

24th - 25th August 2024, Arranmore Island Donegal's Original Island Country Music Festival with 20 Hours of Music and Dancing to Ireland's Top Country Acts. Featuring: Derek Ryan & Band Patrick Feeney & Band David Craig & Band Sean Corrigan Kelan Browne Conor O Donnell Ronan McGinty Jordan McPolin The McConnells 20 Hours of Music and Dancing to Ireland's Top Country Acts. Annual…

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Donegal Camino

1st - 7th September 2024 Donegal Camino in aid of Cancer Care West. Guided by Award Winning and Donegal based guide John Mc Groary of John’s Walking Ireland and his team of guides Joe Coyle, Denis Sheridan and Michael Devaney, the Donegal Camino is also supported by many of Donegal’s high profile personalities who take to the highways and bi ways of their beloved Donegal with vigour. Fam…

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Arranmore Country Fest

21st - 22nd September 2024, Arranmore Island Presents: Begley, Buckley & Friends Country Music Weekend on Arranmore Island Featuring: Jimmy Buckley & Band Philomena Begley Paul Kelly & Band Aidan Quinn Jack Keogh Conor O Donnell Shaun McMonagle Jordan McPolin Accommodation, Return ferry (foot passenger) and entry to all music from €160pps (Additional night accommodation availabl…

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