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County Donegal enjoys a rich cultural heritage, and as part of this, we invite you to join celebrations throughout the year with diverse events, ranging from activities on the water, to family festivals!

Donegal Garden Trail

23 May - 30 October 2019, Countywide Welcome to the 13th season of the Donegal Garden Trail. We are delighted Brown’s Farm, a lovely spring cottage garden and well worth a visit, has re-joined the Trail after a short absence. We extend a very warm welcome to Castle Grove House Hotel which joins us both as a hospitality provider and as an interesting and historical garden to visit with specim…

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Halloween Disco & Haunted House

Friday 25th October - St. John Bosco Centre - Halloween Disco & Haunted House Date for your diary !! The Halloween Disco is taking place on Friday 25th of October @ 6.30pm - 8.30pm in the St John Bosco Centre. Prizes for best dressed adults and children Everyone welcome. Children must be supervised.

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The Scary Bank Walk

Saturday 26th October - The Fairy Bank Walk Back by popular demand Prizes for best dressed adults and children For crowd safety and comfort, the organisers ( Donegal Bay Rowing Club) are offering 4 different times to choose from: 6.30pm, 7pm, 7.30pm and 8pm . While you dont HAVE to pre book, it would be helpful to give the organisers some idea of numbers etc Simply click on the link below…

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Halloween Fun Day @ Donegal Railway Museum

26th & 27th October 2019, Donegal Town One of Donegal’s favourite annual Halloween events returns again this year with Donegal’s Railway Museum’s famous Halloween Fun Day. In light of the huge success of last year’s event, this year we have added another day with the family event now running from 2pm – 6pm each day over the weekend before Halloween. Come and check out our Spooky event which i…

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Glenties 5km

Sunday 27th October - Glenties 5k Starts 12:30 Registration 11.30am at Glenties Comprehensive Funding towards track development

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Asylum

29th October to 1st of November 2019 - Lifford ASYLUM is a special HALLOWEEN edition of our Jailbreak Escape Room! Set in a real dungeon cell, which used to be part of the infamous Donegal Lunatic Asylum beneath Lifford Old Courthouse, you and your group will be placed in a dark cell and challenged to escape. With completely new puzzles, and a few extra nasty surprises your group will have to …

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Letterkenny Halloween Fest 2019

31st October 2019, Letterkenny The annual Letterkenny Halloween Fest returns this year on October 31st. Join us in town for a day of Halloween fun and activities. Head to the Letterkenny Halloween Fest hub at Market Centre from 12.30pm and take part in fancy dress competitions, our trick or treat trail, face painting, our scream room and lots of Halloween games. Families can also enjoy our st…

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Pumpkin Carving and Pumpkin Parade 2019

31st October 2019, Apartotel, Bundoran The annual Discover Bundoran pumpkin carving competition and pumpkin parade takes place on Thursday 31st October from 3:30pm to 5:30pm at the Atlantic Apartotel followed by the pumpkin parade between 5:30pm & 6pm to Bundoran Community Library. Come along with the whole family for an enjoyable and creative afternoon out, get your face painted and maybe w…

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Donegal's Lapland "Christmas Shows"

29th November to 22nd December 2019 - Doagh Famine Village, Clonmany - A FUN-FILLED FESTIVE EXPERIENCE FOR ALL THE FAMILY! Putting smiles on faces since 1999! Families flock back to Donegal’s Lapland year after year for many reasons and have done so since 1999! To keep people coming back we like to makes a few changes now and again, introduce new attractions and throw in a few special…

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Christmas Lighting Ceremony

Sunday 1st December | 5PM Make this Christmas special with a visit to the award-winning Lough Eske Castle, the luxurious 5-star hotel and spa located outside Donegal Town. We are excited to begin the Christmas season with our annual lighting ceremony followed by a children’s disco in our ballroom. This event marks the launch of the hotel’s charity drive that was designed to assist local f…

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The Santa Express 2019

1st - 23rd December 2019, Oakfield Park, Raphoe Returning for 2019 is The Santa Express! This truly unique event books out very quickly every year and to avoid disappointment, we recommend booking your preferred date now to secure your family’s place at this extraordinary Christmas experience! Itinerary • Board the Santa Express at the station and enjoy an enchanting train ride through Oakf…

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Santa @ Donegal Railway Museum

6th - 15th December 2019, Donegal Town Donegal Railway Museum is delighted to announce that its famous Christmas Santa event is back again bigger and better than ever before. After last year’s runaway success it has been extended by two extra days and is now also running in the evening! This year’s event for children includes not only a visit to Santa and a gift (and even a Selfie with Santa),…

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Adrian Knight Comedy Hypnotist

7th of December 2019 - Lifford Old Courthouse - Ireland’s foremost comedy hypnotist Adrian Knight has delighted and excited audiences for more than 25 years, playing to packed shows and entertaining tens of thousands of people every year. An experienced performer and professional hypnotist, Adrian’s ability to read a crowd and tailor his show to match the audience makes him stand out from h…

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Festive Teddy Bear Afternoon Tea Party

SATURDAY 7th, SUNDAY 8th and SUNDAY 15th of DECEMBER 2019 Lough Eske Castle Hotel COMMENCING AT 2 pm Experience our festive children’s Teddy Bear Afternoon Tea Party menu in the glorious setting of our Castle Ballroom followed by a disco and special visit from Santa. Don’t forget to bring your teddy along with you to the party.

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The Poor Farmers Auction

The Poor Farmers Auction Sat 28th December - Ardara - A night of fun and craic where everyone becomes a “poor farmer” for the night! Ardara Poor Farmers Association – Charity Auction 2019 The 14th Annual Poor Farmers Association (P.F.A.) Charity Auction takes place in Teague’s Bar, Ardara, Co. Donegal on Saturday the 28th December 2019. The P.F.A. auction will be a great night’s crack as…

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Rathmullan Film Fest 2020

Join our Film Festival in February for four days of‭ ‬great film screenings‭ ‬‭|‬‭ ‬from local films‭ ‬‭|‬‭ ‬documentaries‭ ‬‭|‬‭ ‬Irish shorts to new releases‭ ‬&‭ ‬old favourites‭ ‬‭|‬‭ ‬as well as food‭ ‬&‭ ‬film experiences‭ ‬‭|‬‭ ‬industry talks‭ ‬‭|‬‭ ‬sports fun‭ ‬&‭ ‬pub entertainment‭.‬

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Inishowen International Folk Song & Ballad Seminar

20th - 23rd March 2020, Clonmany The 31st Inishowen Traditional Singers’ Circle works to foster and promote the singing tradition of the Inishowen Peninsula, Co. Donegal Full programme of events available online at: www.inishowensinging.ie

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The Amazing Grace Festival 2020

2nd to the 8th of April 2020 - Buncrana Irelands beautiful Lough Swilly in County Donegal, along the Wild Atlantic Way, was the setting for a dramatic story which changed the life of John Newton, a foul-mouthed slave trader who went on to pen one of the most famous and well loved songs of all time - Amazing Grace. Newton later mentored William Wilberforce in his long battle to abolish the Tra…

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Ballyliffin International Coastal Challenge 2020

11th April 2020 Ballyliffin International Coastal Challenge It attracts not only walkers, joggers and runners from the wider Inishowen hinterland but nationally and indeed internationally with many spending the weekend in the area to enjoy a break all centred on the event and in some cases the attraction of the world class golf courses at the Ballyliffin Golf Course. The event is unique in …

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Laghey Blast Festival

3rd May 2020, Laghey The Laghey Blast Festival is a community ran day of festival fun. Laghey village comes alive with street music & events for all the family. We have bouncy castles, obstacle course, rodeo bull, games tent, paintball target shooting, street games, wheelbarrow races and various competitions on the day. We have a farm & sheep shearing and many more events to keep you entertaine…

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