25 July - 03 August 2020, Dungloe
Enjoy a flavour of the Wild Atlantic Way at the Mary From Dungloe International Arts Festival. In its 53rd year, this Festival attracts visitors from all over the world to experience the best of Donegal through events focused on our traditions, heritage and culture.
A festival with a packed itinerary over a 10 day period, this year’s highlights include Donegal Crafted, an event offering bespoke goods from local artists and food producers. An opportunity to see and partake in traditional Irish music and Dancing. Enjoy an exhibition covering the reasons why so many Donegal women emigrated between 1845 and 1950.
There will be opportunities to delve into family history and genealogy both as a guided walking tour and through workshops. A chance to try some new outdoor adventures all under the backdrop of the rugged mountains and the stunning coastline of the Northern Headlands. There will be big bands to solo artists, street food, a carnival and gala ball. All culminating in the main event, the crowning ceremony for the new Mary of Dungloe for 2020. A true community festival, we in Dungloe look forward to welcoming all our new and returning visitors this summer.
There is always a certain excitement in the air at the Mary From Dungloe International Arts Festival that makes its way into the hearts of all the people in the crowd. Mary From Dungloe International Arts Festival is more then just a festival. It’s an experience for all the senses!
Since its inception in 1967, The Mary From Dungloe International Arts Festival has been celebrating for 10 days every summer. Set amongst the back drop of the rugged and glorious Wild Atlantic Way in West Donegal, the focus in 2020 is the varied and unique history of Donegal, and in particular the area of the Rosses, located in the Gaeltacht. Through a mix of Arts, Food, Language and Music, we proudly offer a glimpse at our traditional past and the opportunity to witness our culture today with Women taking centre stage in many of our events.
Through the years our many returning visitors describe the laughs, the sing-a-longs, and the making of friends that last a life time. Join us from July 25th to August 3rd 2020 and make memories that will go down in your personal history book.
Street Entertainment and Music / siamsaíocht sráide agus ceol
This year we are offering everything from Classical concerts to Céili bands. Highlights include Jazz, Brass, Country, Indie, HipHop & Bollywood. The numerous artists including Daniel O’Donnell playing different styles of music with differing beats and tempos will have your soul singing and your toes tapping.
Food Events / imeachtaí bia
The Dungloe Street food event is a new offering this year. Sourcing the most perfect food trucks, with wonderful Donegal food producers and vendors, we have local buskers to entertain you and a Gin Bar and craft beer to round it all out.
Arts and Crafts/ ealaíona agus ceardaíocht
A two day event highlighting Donegal Artisans brings the past, present and future together in the work of the talented artists living in Donegal. This is the opportunity to purchase pieces of work that highlights the intangible cultural heritage of our community. Demonstrators of traditional crafts will also be on site to let you try your hand.
Children’s events/ Cláir do pháistí
Biodiversity scavenger walk, Discos, Magician, Arts and Crafts, Sports, Gamers day, Circus skills, Petting zoo, Carnival parade and Story Telling by a well known and famous seanchaithe.
Irish language play by an award winning playwright.
Glitz and Glam
Enjoy a night on the town, and dress up for 40’s Swing Music, our Festival Fashion Show, Black Tie Gala Ball and Crowning Cabaret.
Wild Atlantic Way Events
Heritage Walks, Sea Adventures, Kayaking, 5k run and Wild Atlantic Way Car Scavenger Hunt.
North West Words by published authors and poets, History talk on the women of the Rosses, Exhibition of Donegal Women who emigrated, Enterprise Fair by young entrepreneurs and understand your Donegal roots at a Genealogy Workshop.
Mary From Dungloe Competition.
There has been a ‘Mary From Dungloe’ for over 50 years The young women who apply whether they win the title or not, become ambassadors for Dungloe, not just for the year they compete but for the rest of their lives. The competition creates lasting friendships and a support network, indeed we in Dungloe, welcome back many of the former contestants year on year, and with them come their families and friends.
Faigh blaiseadh beag taitneamhach de Shlí an Atlantaigh Fhiáin ag Féile Idirnáisiúnta Mháire an Chlocháin Léith. Meallann an Fhéile seo, atá 53 bliain ar an fhód i mbliana, cuairteoirí as gach cearn den domhan áit a bhfaightear léargas beag ar an chuid is fearr dá bhfuil le fáil i nDún na nGall trí imeachtaí a dhíríonn ar ár dtraidisiúin, ar ár n-oidhreacht agus ar ár gcultúr. Is féile deich lá í seo a mbíonn clár lán d’imeachtaí ag baint léi. I measc mhórimeachtaí na bliana seo beidh Déanta i nDún na nGall, imeacht ina mbeidh deis ag ealaíontóirí agus ag táirgeoirí bia as an áit a gcuid earraí a chur os comhair an phobail. Beidh deis ag daoine an ceol traidisiúnta a chluinstin agus neart damhsaí Gaelacha a fheiceáil le linn na féile. Beidh taispeántas speisialta ar siúl i mbliana fosta a dhíreoidh a aird ar na fáthanna a ndeachaigh an oiread sin ban as Dún na nGall ar imirce idir 1845 agus 1950. Beidh daoine ábalta fios a chur ar stair a muintire agus ar chúrsaí ginealais trí shiúlóidí treoraithe agus trí cheardlanna. Beidh deis ag daoine triail a bhaint as eachtraí úra amuigh faoin aer agus sléibhte garbha agus cósta fíorálainn na Rosann mar chúlra acu. Beidh idir bhannaí móra ceoil agus cheoltóirí aonair ag seinm i rith na féile, beidh neart bia ar fáil ar an tsráid agus bainfidh go leor sult agus pléisiúr as an charnabhal mhór agus an damhsa ceiliúrtha a bheas ar siúl. Mar bharr ar na himeachtaí seo ar fad, beidh príomhimeacht na féile féin .i. searmanas corónaithe Mháire an Chlocháin Léith don bhliain 2020, ar siúl i dtreo dheireadh na féile. Mar fhéile atá fréamhaithe go dlúth sa phobal, tá muidinne anseo ar an Chlochán Liath ag tnúth go mór le fáilte a chur roimh chuairteoirí úra agus roimh chuairteoirí a fhilleann gach bliain an samhradh seo.