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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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Ireland's Language & Culture — Gaeltacht Thír Chonaill

March - October 2023, Glencolmcille 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 from Ireland and worldwide enjoy learning in…

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Tanya McCole - Live at Lifford Old Courthouse

6th October 2023, Lifford John Prine says........“The world should know about Tanya McCole. I love her voice. She is authentic in every way - and a great road buddy too. Go Tanya, Go!” (January 2019) Tanya McCole grew up in the unique village that is Ardara, Co. Donegal, Ireland. Having moved to London in '94 she returned to Ireland and settled in Galway city. Her first band was the very…

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Jim Brown - The King - Live at Lifford Old Courthouse

7th October 2023, Lifford Regarded as the quintessential Elvis tribute act, Jim Brown takes to the stage for the second time at Lifford Old Courthouse for what promises to be a special show. The King’s own story is as steeped in legend as the good lord Elvis himself. Born in Belfast and married with five children, the young King was reluctantly hauled on stage at a works karaoke. When the crow…

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Frances Browne Literary Festival

12th - 15th October 2023, Ballybofey/Stranorlar The Annual Frances Browne Literary Festival celebrates the legacy and spirit of Frances Browne. We work to bring not only Frances's writing and astonishing life story to new generations but to celebrate the works of contemporary and modern writers who continue in her tradition. The festival is held in October of each year and is unique in featu…

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Letterkenny Cathedral Quarter Literary Festival

20th October 2023 The theme of this year's festival is Behan 100: Celebrating the 100th Anniversary of the Birth of Brendan Behan. This year, we have established a poetry competition

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October Bank Holiday Country Music Festival

27th - 29th October 2023 - Bundoran’s longest running Country Music Festival returns to the Allingham Arms Hotel this October bank holiday with a feast of stars including Declan Nerney, Patrick Feeney, Jimmy Buckley and more! A great weekend full of Country Music not to be missed.

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The Dolly Parton & Shania Twain Tribute Show

3rd November 2023 - The Dolly Parton & Shania Twain Tribute Show A night of brilliant live music as two of the greatest country stars come together for a star studded tribute night. Featuring all the hits you'd imagine, this is a night not to be missed! A guaranteed sell out, so don't leave it too late to secure your tickets!

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Allingham Festival

8th–12th November 2023 The Allingham Festival is an Arts Festival with broad appeal. It includes events to appeal to families and individuals. Key event types are Drama, Music, Topical Lectures, Book Readings, Writing Competitions, History, music, and general entertainment. The festival takes place in early November, which is normally a quiet time, and we have built up a solid and increasi…

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Paddy Cullivan's, The Murder of Wolfe Tone

24th November 2023, Returning after his hugely popular The Murder of Michael Collins show, Paddy Cullivan explores the death of Wolfe Tone in this unique show. Historical Entertainer Paddy Cullivan brings you the incredible story of the mysterious death of Theobald Wolfe Tone, the founding father of Irish Republicanism. Was Wolfe Tone’s real father the Chief Justice of Ireland - the man who…

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Essentially Cher - Live at Lifford Old Courthouse

25th November 2023, Lifford. Trisha McCluney is Ireland's ONLY tribute to the music Icon CHER. Having exploded onto the tribute scene back in 2019 and making a massive impact all over the UK and Ireland she is going from strength to strength and is fast becoming one of the most sought after tribute acts. Her ability to capture both the sound and look of the Goddess of Pop is so remarkable th…

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The Santa Express

29th November–23rd December 2023 The Santa Express in Oakfield Park is one of Ireland's most famous festive events that everyone will love, both young and old. What’s new at The Santa Express 2023 in Oakfield Park? Elf Olympic Games Fun for all the family, as all games are team games. The Holly Hut: Hot treats will be available in the piazza Craft at Chestnut Cottage: A brand-new hu…

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A Christmas Sleighing! - In Interactive Murder Mystery To Die For

Saturday 9th & Friday 15th of December 2023, Your night kicks off with a wine reception at 7:30pm, followed by a delicious 4 course Christmas meal and interactive Murder Mystery performance. An insight into the nights performance.. Lord Slackbladder is hosting a dinner party to celebrate the long-awaited homecoming of his estranged son Randy Slackbladder. It is well known that Lord Sl…

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