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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.

Abbey Arts Centre

The Abbey Arts & Cultural Centre is situated at the top of the beautiful and ancient market town of Ballyshannon. It opened its doors originally as a cinema in 1959 and currently serves the local communities of South and West Donegal, Leitrim, North Sligo, Fermanagh and Tyrone with a rich programme of theatre, music, comedy, dance, visual arts, education and film. For full list of events see li…

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Balor Arts Centre

The Balor Arts Centre is made up of two sister companies – The Butt Drama Circle Company Ltd and Balor Developmental Community Arts Group Ltd (Balor DCA). The Butt Drama Circle Company Ltd looks after the Balor Theatre venue which hosts circa 120 local, national and international performances details of which can be found on our Events Page Balor DCA conducts a wide range of outreach and Dev…

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An Grianán Theatre

Fáilte go dtí Amharclann An Ghrianán! Located in Letterkenny, Co Donegal, An Grianán Theatre is an integral part of the county’s thriving cultural life and a flagship venue in the North West of Ireland. We give local audiences and visitors the opportunity to enjoy the very best local, national and international arts and entertainment events. An Grianán Theatre opened in October 1999 and rapi…

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The Regional Cultural Centre

RCC Letterkenny is a multi-disciplinary arts facility developed by Donegal County Council. The distinctive glass and aluminium structure was designed by award winning Letterkenny-based MacGabhann Architects. It presents a programme of exhibitions, concerts, film, digital media and education and outreach. The centre incorporates a first floor art gallery, an auditorium with 150 retractable se…

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Amharclann

The Amharclann aims to nurture and preserve the Irish language, culture and arts. We are the only Irish language theatre in the country that is situated in the heart of the Gaeltacht. Gweedore is a deep well for the Irish language, and this depth and wealth of language contributes to the fact that the local population are particularly talented and creative. The Amharclann provides an exemplary art…

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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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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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Mc Grorys Hotel Christmas Special

New Years Eve - Enjoy a sparkling wine reception followed by a five course meal, then ring in the New Year with entertainment by Cajun Moon. €49 per person. Why Not Enjoy a 2 Night Break from €169PPS Christmas Gift Vouchers Mc Grorys Gift Voucher is the ideal present they can be used for breaks away, music events or food in our bars or restaurant Also 2 Christmas Themed Menu Nights fol…

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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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Christmas Craft, Gift and Food Fair

Sunday 8th December - Christmas Craft Fair - Radisson Blu Hotel Come along and enjoy our Christmas Craft Fair. No better event to get your Christmas shopping started and pick up something nice for yourself, of course.

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Christmas Presence Craft & Design Fair

14th - 15th December 2019, Rathmullan House Its all happening again this year! The Donegal Designer Makers Christmas Presence Craft & Design Fair is taking place in Rathmullan House. This event is showcasing the work of countys leading designers and artisan craft workers with a unique range of quality gifts. Please see poster below for details.

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Annual St. Stephens Day 5K at Finn Valley FC

26th December 2019, Stranorlar. Start 12 noon The continuing tradition of the Finn Valley AC St Stephen’s Day 5k will take place once again this year. It is the longest successive road event in the North West beginning as it did in the early 70’s and despite weather challenges on a small number of occasions the event has always gone ahead. There have been over the years, many notable personal…

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Scoil Gheimhridh Ghaoth Dobhair

27th Dec 2019 - 1st January 2020, Ghaoth Dobhair 2019 sees Scoil Gheimhridh Ghaoth Dobhair celebrating its sixth year with a stellar lineup of music performances including Dervish, Fidil, Julie Fowlis and Zoë Conway plus many more. You also get an opportunity to attend workshops in music, song and dance from some of our finest! All of this happens in the beautiful surroundings of the Donegal G…

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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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Atlantic Irish Fest

18th to the 22nd of January 2020 - Bundoran The Northwest of Ireland has long been celebrated for its unique Atlantic culture and history. Now there is a festival which takes place on that Wild Atlantic Way, making the most of the cosy winter atmosphere, with the best of live music, cultural talks about the history of Ireland, outdoor activities along the spectacular coastline, and plenty of cra…

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Letterkenny Trad Week 2020

18th - 26th January 2020, Letterkenny The 6th annual Letterkenny Trad Week takes place in January 2020. The festival brings some of the world’s finest traditional musicians from Ireland, England, Scotland and the United States to Donegal.

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Ardara Country & Western Weekend

Fri 24th January - Sun 26th January 2020 - Ardara - The Country & Western Weekend. A weekend of fun and dance with Irelands top country bands. This year features Shawn Cuddy and Jim Devine with line dancing and jive classes as well as music in all the pubs! A must for all country music fans

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Rathmullan Film Fest 2020

20th - 23rd February 2020, Rathmullan 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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Cara Bundoran Run 10 Mile Challenge

06th to 08th of March 2020 - Bundoran - While fashions change and cycles revolve, Bundoran’s star has been in the ascent recently for healthy pursuits and outdoor activities. Surfing, golf, horse-riding, angling, walking and kayaking are just some of the things to do while in town and there is a big welcome waiting for the Cara Bundoran Challenge as an addition to our yearly calendar of events…

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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 Race 2020

The Race is a 250 km unsupported endurance event across the rugged landscape of North West Donegal. race-about-new To finish competitors have to complete 15km of kayaking, 166km of cycling, 5km of mountain running and 64km of road and trail running. Crucially, they must complete all this in under 24 hours. It is aimed at providing the ultimate 24 hour test of endurance. North West Donegal h…

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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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(*New) TUFF-INISH Adventure Race 2020

Saturday 25th April 2020 - (*New) TUFF-INISH Adventure Race 2020 105km/10hr TITAN – 62km EXTREME – 41km REBEL – 26km SPRINT Formerly “Shore 2 Summit” the new TUFF-INISH Adventure race in Inishowen, Donegal, offers everything that an Adventure race possibly can, 4 diverse courses encompassing novice to elite adventurers, situated in an idealistic rural landscape that is simply an adventure para…

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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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Travel Writing Retreat 2020

May 4th-10th, 2020 - Travel Writing Retreat 2020 Want to be a seasoned travel writer? See your name in print while enjoying free trips abroad to interesting and historical places? It sounds glamorous, even ‘too good to be true.’ But it is possible - as many writers have shown - and learning the writing and editing skills necessary is one of the most important steps to success. That’s wh…

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Wild Atlantic Adventure Race (WAAR)

9th May 2020, Mullaghdearg, West Donegal WAAR - Donegal’s biggest Adventure Race, is a fundraiser for CLG Naomh Muire. Enter as individual or as part of a team for the ultimate challenge. RUN ~ BIKE ~ HIKE ~ KAYAK WAAR comprises of four disciplines, Run, Bike, Hike and Kayak, making up a 55.5K(approx) route. Individual All individuals must complete all four disciplines. Run, Bike, H…

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Darkness Into Light Donegal

09 May 2020 Donegal Locations: Arranmore Island, Buncrana, Bundoran, Carndonagh, Carrick, Donegal Town, Falcarragh, Gweedore, Letterkenny, Maghery, Rathmullan, Tory Island Starting at 4.15am, and crossing the line just as dawn is breaking, the phenomenon that is Darkness Into Light, our annual 5km walk/run, will celebrate its eleventh year on Saturday, May 9th 2020, with over 100 venues acro…

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Donegal Links Classic 2020

The Donegal Links Classic played over three of Irelands finest links courses takes place from Monday 25th to Wednesday the 27th of May 2020. The competition is both a singles & team event with teams of four, open to both ladies and gents any combination, marking a singles (stableford) card each day. The team competition counts the best three cards toward each team total. One of Irelands lon…

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Rory Gallagher International Tribute Festival 2020

28th - 31st May 2020, Ballyshannon 2020 marks the 25th Anniversary of the sad passing of the Late Great Rory Gallagher and the town of Rory’s birth are set to remember the Blues Rock legend with the 18th Edition of the Rory Gallagher International Tribute Festival. There will be a fantastic line-up of Blues Rock, Rock and Classic Rock, Blues and Acoustic Guitar performers and legendary bands …

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The BAND Festival

04 - 08 June 2020, Dunfanaghy The festival is a Bluegrass And Nashville Dunfanaghy 3 day music event. The festival is a community initiative to promote the wonderful village of Dunfanaghy and the surrounding area as a great place to visit.

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Donegal Atlantic Way Ultra 555

12 - 14 June 2020, Start from Letterkenny The Donegal Atlantic Way Ultra Race is an ultra cycling event along 555km of rugged and beautiful Donegal coastline. The Donegal Atlantic Way Ultra Race route follows the Wild Atlantic Way around the rugged and beautiful coastline of Donegal. Competitors will depart Letterkenny and take on some of the most scenic roadways to be found anywhere in the…

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Sea Sessions Surf & Music Festival

19 - 21 June 2020, Bundoran SEA SESSIONS is Europe’s best surf, skate and music festival taking place in Bundoran, Co. Donegal, Ireland. A 3 day long event of surfing, skating, partying and music! Sea Sessions is rooted in a love of surfing. The cream of Irish and European surfers take part in the ASP sanctioned surf competition. In addition to surfing and music, other activities include str…

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Summer Writing Retreat 2020

June 22nd - 28th, 2020 - Summer Writing Retreat 2020 A week-long, creative writing holiday with a difference – scenic walks, fascinating talks and daily practical writing and editing workshops – all in a land that time forgot, in probably the most scenic part of Ireland, along the famous Wild Atlantic Way. Plus lively, traditional Irish music concerts; island and castle tours of an awe-insp…

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Colgan Heritage Weekend

26 - 28 June 2020, Colgan Hall, Carndonagh A weekend of Talks, Walks, Exhibitions, Music , Photography, Cooking with Seaweed, Shirt making in Carndonagh, Schools and Heritage exhibitions all based on the theme “Living and working in Inishowen”

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Finn Valley Agricultural Show

27 June 2020, Russel Bros. Farm, Kilcadden, Killygordon Finn Valley Agricultural Show will celebrate its 29th annual event in 2020 and want to encourage those who have attended in the past, to come back and help us enjoy this wonderful community agricultural show. The Show also intends to invite Judges from various associations to travel from overseas to participate at the event. Finn Valley…

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Earagail Arts Festival

03rd - 22 July 2020, Countywide - Date and details for 2020 subject to confirmation.- Earagail Arts Festival is a bilingual (Irish and English language), multidisciplinary arts festival which takes place each July throughout County Donegal – two weeks of music, theatre, visual arts, film, literature, circus & carnival on Ireland’s North West Atlantic seaboard. In 2013 Earagail Arts Festival…

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Féile Shoilse Thoraí 2020

17 - 26 July 2020, Tory Island Féile Shoilse Thoraí highlights the rich culture of Tory Island, the ancient stronghold of the Formorians and the land of Balor of The Evil Eye! Aside from the free family events, traditional games and bbq, Hothouse Flowers will lead the concerts at the infamous Social Club.

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Bundoran Street Party

18 July 2020, Bundoran The Bundoran Street Party will happen Saturday 18th July 2020 from 2pm – 5pm on Lower Main Street. This is a FREE event for all the family and will include bouncy castles, a bungee run, a gladiator ring and a rodeo ring, facepainting and more! Traffic Restrictions: Main Street Bundoran will be closed to through traffic from 1pm until approximately 6pm on Saturday…

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Bundoran Vintage Car Show

19 July 2020, Bundoran Bundoran Classic Car Show will take place on the 19th of July 2020, starting from 12 noon till 5 pm. Classic and Vintage Cars & Unusual vehicles very welcome. The Show has gone from strength to strength each year. Providing a vast range of makes and models, there’s something to interest everyone. The event takes place in Bundoran’s West End car park. Due to the prim…

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2020 Donegal Wild Atlantic Marathon & Half Marathon

19 July 2020, Killybegs - Glencolmcille Donegal Wild Atlantic half and full marathon takes place in Killybegs along the stunning South West coast. The course consists of a Half Marathon (13.1 miles) and a Full Marathon (26.2 miles) and runs entirely along the Wild Atlantic Way. Runners and walkers will enjoy spectacular scenery and all finish together in Glencolmcille folk Village. The full mar…

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Mary from Dungloe International Arts Festival

25 July - 03 August 2020, Dungloe We may be a small town, but boy do we know how to throw a festival! Start planning your trip to the 53rd annual Mary From Dungloe International Arts Festival today. We are a warm, family-friendly festival held from July 25th to August 3rd 2020. Featuring contestants from all corners of the world The Mary From Dungloe brings elegance and charm to the festival…

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Off The Street Food Fest LK

25 - 26 July 2020, Letterkenny Letterkenny Artisan Market and The Lemon Tree Restaurant Letterkenny presents a two day Food Festival in the heart of Letterkenny. With a huge variety of food stalls selling amazing street, fresh local produce & more. Two days of live music by local musicians, live cookery demos in the marquee by local talented chefs and producer story sections where you get to…

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Ballyshannon Folk & Traditional Music Festival

30th July - 03rd August 2020, Ballyshannon The 43rd annual Ballyshannon Folk and Traditional Music Fesitval is the place to be this August Bank Holiday Weekend (Thursday 30th July to Monday 3rd August 2020) as the sounds of traditional and folk music echo from the streets, pubs and Marquee concerts along Donegal’s Wild Atlantic Way. This years Acts to be announced as well as plenty of pub ses…

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Clonmany Festival

02 - 09 August 2020, Clonmany Once again this family event is a week of summer fun for all ages. This is Irelands longest running and best known family festival and is situated in the beautiful village of Clonmany in the Inishowen Peninsula. Year after year thousands of holiday makers and locals alike enjoy the many events, live music, natural beauty and facilities which go hand in hand wit…

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Clonmany Agricultural Show

04th August 2020, Clonmany The biggest and best agriculture show in Donegal enters its 53rd year and we would like you to join us at the annual show to make this year even more special. The Clonmany Agricultural Show has grown in popularity every year and now attracts thousands of visitors from across Ireland and the UK from farmers to young families. In addition to the agriculture, livestoc…

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Quadrathon Challenge (Extreme North)

13th - 16th August 2020 - Quadrathon Challenge (extreme North) This is not just another running event, it’s more personal than that, just ask anyone who’s experienced it, the concept of camaraderie, lasting friendships, amazing scenery and unequaled hospitality during this iconic 4 day running festival is unequaled at any event Witness the scenic Wild Atlantic Way, run a different route dail…

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Greencastle Regatta

13 - 16 August 2020, 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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Seven Sisters Skyline

15th & 16th August 2020 - Seven Sisters Skyline An EPIC Mountain running event in the Derryveagh mountains in Donegal. The Seven Sisters Skyline - 50km with 4,000m ascent! 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…

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Heritage Week 2020 in County Donegal

15th - 23rd August 2020, Countywide National Heritage Week is coordinated by The Heritage Council & Local Authority Heritage Officers with support from Fáilte Ireland. County Donegal has become one of the places to be during ‘Heritage Week’.Over 120 events are taking place for National Heritage Week in County Donegal from Saturday, August 15 to Sunday, August 23, 2020 and most of them are free.…

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2020 O'Donnell Clan Gathering

2020 Clan Gathering Dates of Gathering: 9, 10, 11 & 12 September 2020 Location: Donegal, Ireland. Organised by: O’Donnell Clan Association Committee. ODonnell of Tyrconnell – Ó Domhnaill Tír Chonaill is the ruling clan of the ancient Kingdom of Tyrconnell who reigned until the completion of the English Conquest of Ireland in 1601. The clans seat today remains focused mostly around Coun…

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Autumn Writing Retreat 2020

September 21st - 27th, 2020 - Autumn Writing Retreat 2020 A week-long, creative writing holiday with a difference – scenic walks, fascinating talks and daily practical writing and editing workshops – all in a land that time forgot, in probably the most scenic part of Ireland, along the famous Wild Atlantic Way. Plus lively, traditional Irish music concerts; island and castle tours of an aw…

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