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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.

Seven Sisters Skyline - Mountain / Trail Event

27 - 28 July 2019, Dunlewey Excel Sports are hosts to Ireland’s first Skyline event, and are delighted to be part of the Skyrunner UK.Ireland 2019 National series. The event is being held in Donegal, the most Northerly county on the island of Ireland…. But still only 3 hours from Dublin, and 2 hours from Belfast. Donegal is a mystical, magical place, which boasts wild rugged unspoilt land…

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Ireland County Peaks Challenge

1st - 4th August 2019, Errigal Mountain We; Andrew Goulding, Peter Knox, David McKelvey, are aiming to climb the highest peak in each of the 32 counties in Ireland in aid of Make-A-Wish-Ireland and Make-A-Wish-UK (Northern Ireland). Beginning with Mweelrea in County Mayo Thursday 1st August and finishing with Errigal in County Donegal Sunday 4th August. Hiking/Running/Walking/Crawling a total d…

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Errigal International Youth Tour

3rd - 5th August 2019, Co. Donegal Errigal Cycling Club is delighted to announce that the 7th Errigal International Youth Tour will again take place this year over the three days of the August Bank Holiday weekend, and that entries are now invited from teams and individuals. The club looks forward to welcoming back old friends to what is now not just the top youth race in the Irish Calendar …

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Féile Ghleanncholmcille 2019

03- 10 August 2019, Glencolmcille Féile Ghleanncholmcille is a week long festival that has something for all the family and for every age group. Come along and enjoy yourself! Events held during previous Festivals: Archery in Roarty’s Field, Mr Majestic Entertainment Show, Open day at the Folk Village, Children’s Art workshops (Monday), Variety Concert in Halla Muire, sea angling competit…

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Ballintra Races 2019

Monday 5th of August 2019 - Murvagh, Co. Donegal Family Fun guaranteed at the races this year in Murvagh. Event starts at 2pm. All horses must be pre entered. Prize for best dressed Lady sponsored by Get that Trend Donegal Town. Prize for best Jockey

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Greencastle Regatta

08 - 11 August 2019, Greencastle Greencastle Regatta is one of the longest running Maritime Festivals in Ireland, and its four days of fun packed festivities celebrating maritime heritage along the Foyle. There will be activities for all ages on the shore and on the water, plus live music each evening on the main stage with some of Ireland’s biggest headliners. If it’s anything like last ye…

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Donegal Dragons Regatta

10 August 2019, Donegal Town The organisers look forward to welcoming everyone back to Donegal Town and the beautiful Donegal Bay for the 3rd Donegal Dragons Regatta. Races take place over 200m with the finish at Donegal town Pier providing a great spectator attraction and showcasing beautiful Donegal Bay. Participants and spectators will enjoy an exciting sprint style racing with 2 boats ea…

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The Big Week by the Beach

14th to 18th August 2019 - Bundoran’s newest festival – the Big Week by the Beach has been officially launched. The event will take place from Wednesday 14th to Sunday 18th of August offering a wide variety of events, activities and live music across the 5 days with something for all the family. The festival was the brainchild of Tourism Officer Shane Smyth who wanted to have an event that sho…

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Extreme North - Quadrathon Challenge

15th - 18th August 2019 - Inishowen -This is not just another running event, it’s more personal than that, the concept of this event is experiencing camaraderie, lasting friendships, amazing scenery and unequaled hospitality during this iconic 4 day running festival. Witness the scenic Wild Atlantic Way, run a different route daily along rugged coastal roads in the unspoilt Inishowen Peninsula,…

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Donegal Half Marathon

18th of August 2019, Letterkenny See Register Now page for entry fee breakdown. NO ENTRIES WILL BE TAKEN ON THE MORNING OF THE RACE. The half marathon races will start at 9.20am on August 18th 2019. There is a Cut-off time of 3 hours for the half marathon event, so walkers must be aware of this. Collection of goody bag and t-shirt will be held at Aura Letterkenny Leisure Centre o…

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Déjà Vu Donegal 2019 Tour

30th - 31st August 2019, Ballybofey Seven times Belgium and Dutch Rally Champion in 1992 and European Rally Champion in 1994 Patrick Snijers will be a celebrity guest at Déjà Vu Donegal, the event that is giving it’s support to the Donegal Hospice, on the 30 – 31 August. Although Patrick never rallied in Donegal he turned many heads and hearts on his five appearances at the Lurgan Park Rally…

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West Coast Challenge

02 - 05 September 2019, Bundoran The 2019 West Coast Challenge will be played over four of the finest links Courses along the Wild Atlantic Way - Bundoran, Donegal, Enniscrone and Strandhill. Each course will provide a superb test of a golfers skills and each is magnificently situated against the rolling seascapes and mountain backed hinterland of Donegal and Sligo. For the first time in …

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Gaelforce North

21st September 2019, Glenveagh MAGNIFICENT DONEGAL – NEVER DULL ALWAYS A CHALLENGE. WILL IT CONQUER YOU? NEW DATE SAME RACE. NOW YOU HAVE THE SUMMER TO TRAIN. NO EXCUSES Journey through the unspoilt splendour of hidden Donegal. Explore deep valleys, winding trails, beautiful white sand beaches and breathe in the vast open spaces. 64KM FULL & 45KM SPRINT COURSES SPANNING WILD DONEGAL T…

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Extreme North Ltd. Tuff-Inish Adventure Race 2019

28th September 2019 - Tuff-Inish promises to be a real physical and mental challenge, fueled by the spectacular scenery at every turn and twist of the course. The hilly Donegal landscapes and unpredictable Autumn weather will be a major player in the unpredictable outcome over all 6 stages to an exhilarating and Tuff Finish. 12.5km Run – 5.5km Kayak – 55km Cycle 1 – 5.5km Mountain trail/trek – …

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Donegal East Half & Three Quarter Marathon

29th September 2019, Ballybofey A 3/4 Marathon, Half Marathon road running event based in Ballybofey on Sept 29th. A great fast course running alongside the river Finn. Entries now open! A great fast course, and 4 weeks before Dublin Marathon makes this the perfect event in preparation.

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