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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.

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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Oideas Gael – Irish Language & Cultural Activity Holidays

1st June to 28th October 2019 - Oideas Gael has been recognised, on a number of occasions, as one of Ireland’s unique cultural education providers and was the 1997 winner of the National Rural Tourism Award sponsored by Bord Fáilte, The Northern Ireland Tourist Board and Allied Irish Banks. They also achieved the distinction of being the winner of the BARR 50 businesses in Irish, from the daily Ir…

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Shop LK Summer Sessions

20th July - 24th August 2019, Letterkenny Ahead of the 2019 Letterkenny Busking Festival, there will be Summer Music Sessions taking place along Letterkenny Main Street and in the Letterkenny Shopping Centre on various dates! Check out the performance list here: July 20th - Eamonn Russell and Dallen Davies - Main Street - 12pm to 3pm August 17th - Townlaw - Main Street - 12pm to 3pm A…

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Heritage Week 2019 in County Donegal

17 - 25 August 2019, 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 17 to Sunday, August 25, 2019 and most of them are free. …

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Donegal Railway Summer Events

18th - 23rd August 2019, Donegal Town & Letterkenny Donegal Railway Heritage Centre AGM and Launch of The Phoenix Saturday 17th August, 3pm @ Donegal Railway Heritage Centre The DRHC will be holding their annual AGM where members can hear about our work over the last year as well as our ambitious plans for the year ahead. We will also be launching the latest edition of our railway magazine T…

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The Life of a Prisoner (Heritage Week 2019)

19th to the 24th of August 2019 - Lifford Old Courthouse, Lifford Co. Donegal - Experience the life of a prisoner in Lifford Gaol in 19th century Ireland in this interactive tour where youll explore crime, punishment, the prison diet and much more. Drawing from prison reports and research, visitors will get a glimpse into the life of a prisoner in Lifford Gaol during the 19th century. To be…

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Biodiversity by Bike: A Cycle through the Lough Veagh Water Catchment

21st August 2019, Glenveagh National Park, 11am - 2pm As part of National Heritage Week 2019 the Local Authority Waters Programme in conjunction with Aengus Kennedy of Nature Northwest and Grassroutes Cycles are organising a cycle of the Lough Veagh Water Catchment. The Cycle will take in the sights, sounds and natural heritage of this beautiful area and National Park. Bike hire will be p…

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DylanFest

22nd to the 25th of August 2019 - Moville, Culdaff, Greencastle and Derry - Irish Bob Dylan Festival Spreads Its Wings The 13th annual festival of Bob Dylan music, Stuck Inside of Moville, the DylanFest on the Lough is starting to spread through the surrounding area. For the first time it will take place in four different towns – Moville, Culdaff, Greencastle and Derry / LondonDerry. It takes …

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A Taste of Donegal Food Festival

23 - 25 August 2019, Donegal Town A Taste of Donegal Food Festival would like to remind all Foodie Friends that it is their 11th Anniversary. This must attend foodie event is a three day celebration of great Food and Drink located in a beautiful tented village on the pier in Donegal Town. It takes place on Friday 23rd - Sunday 25th August 2019. Its absolutely worth making the journey North …

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Inch - Mile Open Water Swim from Inch Island to Rathmullan.

24th August 2019 - Rathmullan - Gartan Open Water Swimmers, are hosting a new event this August the inaugural Inch - Mile Open Water Swim from Inch Island to Rathmullan. Its taking place on at noon on the 24th of August, we have over 100 experienced sea swimmers taking part. All proceeds to Lifeboats RNLI & Sheephaven Sub-Aqua

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Letterkenny Busking Festival

24th August 2019, Letterkenny The Annual Letterkenny Busking Festival is taking place along Letterkenny Main Street on Saturday the 24th of August 2019. The festival is open to all types of musicians, singers, street entertainers and music groups. It is free to take part in the festival and there is 1000 Euro worth of cash prizes up for grabs. The festival attracts lots of visitors to the town …

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The Trial

29th of August to the 14th of September 2019 - Lifford Old Courthouse, Lifford, Co. Donegal. The Trial is a compelling film and sound installation on healthcare and human rights in the Irish criminal justice system. On four screens, three characters - Tommy, Charlie, Neilí - tell the real-life stories of those who have been held and worked in Irish penal institutions during the nineteenth and …

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Déjà Vu Donegal 2019 Tour

30th - 31st August 2019, Ballybofey REMEMBERING ‘MANDY’ Déjâ Vu Donegal will honour the memory of Manus Kelly, who so tragically was killed during the Joule Donegal International Rally this year, during their rally re-union weekend at the end of August. First, and most importantly, the organisers are delighted to announce that Bernie Kelly, Manus’s widow will be their guest at the Gala Dinner…

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Summer Seafood & Jazz Nights

30th August 2019. Arnolds Hotel, Dunfanaghy @ 8:30pm Visit the buzzing seaside resort of Dunfanaghy on the Wild Atlantic Way and join us for our Summer Seafood & Jazz Nights: Friday 30th August. Our Head Chef Marquison Brandos has compiled an exciting Five Course Seafood Menu using locally sourced seafood, served in our Restaurant accompanied by Live Jazz Music. A night out not to be missed. T…

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Lifford Old Courthouse

31/ August / 2019 8pm – 10.30pm. Lifford - Cash Returns San Quentin 50th Anniversary Tour 2019 CASH RETURNS - has been hailed hands down the greatest and most exciting Johnny Cash & June Carter Tribute in the UK ,Ireland and beyond by Man In Black fans everywhere. It is regarded as one of the best touring live shows in the country with a fan base that grows daily with them having recently pi…

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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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Hooked

7 September 2019, Killybegs Killybegs Community Council, in conjunction with Killybegs Tourism college (LYIT) and BIM are holding our Second Fish Fest. Hooked! Killybegs 2019 is a family friendly event which invites you to experience the many sides of the fishing industry in Ireland’s premier fishing port. Discover the fascinating history of the boats, factories and people of the town or meet t…

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28th Infantry Military Tattoo Event

7th - 8th September 2019, Donegal Town The 28th Infantry Battalion Association are pushing the boundaries for their Annual Day in September. This will be a great family day out in Donegal Town on 7th & 8th September 2019 with Veteran Associations attending also various military vehicle groups and reenactment organisations. The lineup will be particularly good. Be sure to be there!

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Ciaran Sweeney @ Breac.House Autumn 2019 Food Coast Experiences

8th - 12th September - Breac House - Dunfanaghy - Food Coast Experiences Following on from our series of special food evenings in 2018, we are delighted to announce a series of food experiences at Breac House this September and October. In September, Donegal native, Ciaran Sweeney, Head Chef at Forest and Marcy, Dublin will return to Breac.House to create for our guests a modern seasonal …

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Dunfanaghy Jazz and Blues Festival

12th to 16th September 2019 - One of the best loved live music festivals in the land. This is the 12th year of Dunfanaghy Jazz & Blues and we look forward to seeing you all from Thursday September 12 to Monday 16th, 2019. More blues than you can use and all that jazz!

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Glenties Harvest Fair

12th - 15th September 2019 - Glenties Harvest Fair Festival – The Glenties Harvest Fair Festival is one of the highlights of the Donegal calendar every year and is normally held over a long weekend in early September. This traditional Irish event has been held for more than two hundred years and is a real living celebration of Donegal’s rich heritage. The fair always proves a big hit with local…

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Downton Abbey Ladies’ Night

14th September 2019 - Lifford Old Courthouse Our next Ladies Night will be Saturday 14th September for Downton Abbey! Main course, side, drink & cinema ticket to see the film right next door on the big screen at Eclipse Cinemas Lifford-Strabane for just €22.50! Were now taking bookings over the phone on (00353) 74 9141733 or via Facebook message, with a €10 deposit p.p. required to secure a…

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Culture Night 2019

20 September 2019, Letterkenny This extraordinary night of cultural festivities has grown each year since its inception in 2006, with inspiring commitment from local authorities, cultural organisations and community collaborators throughout the country. This will be Letterkenny’s 10th occasion to take part in Culture Night, providing a terrific opportunity for families to sample aspects of I…

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The National Football Exhibition

20th to 29th September 2019 - Letterkenny Regional Cultural Centre - The free EURO 2020 Football Exhibition is made up of multiple zones designed to give visitors a flavour of the UEFA European Championships which celebrates its 60th Anniversary next year. A must visit for football fans and families. The National Football Exhibition will be making its way to Donegal in September as the football…

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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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Autumn Writing Retreat

23rd - 29th September 2019, Gweedore 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-inspiring lands…

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Donegal Bay and Blue Stacks Festival 2019

26 Sept - 06 Oct 2019, South West Donegal The Donegal Bay and Blue Stacks Festival is an initiative of Donegal County Council, supported by The Arts Council and Creative Ireland. The event which is now in its 19th year, is set to support artists and engage communities throughout South and South West Donegal, with another packed programme of theatre, music of all kinds, spectacle, literary and …

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Django Sur Lennon

26 - 28 September 2019, Ramelton Gypsy Jazz, Jazz Manouche, Swing Gitan, Hot Club Jazz or whatever label you wish to put on it, was born from a unique style developed by a couple of guys back in the 1930s Parisian Jazz scene, namely Django Reinhardt and Stéphane Grappelli. As Denis Chang writes, when Django first heard American jazz he immediately fell in love with the music; this hot jazz was…

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Donegal Connect

27 September - 06 October 2019, Letterkenny ​ Donegal Connect is a collaborative project between the private and public sector in Donegal aimed at creating new opportunities for our county. Through the project we want to engage with our Diaspora, both overseas and within Ireland, and anyone considering coming to Ireland , to entice them to make the journey to Donegal to explore the county and …

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Disappear Here Film Festival

27 September 2019, Ballyliffin The Disappear Here Film Festival returns for its third year to Donegal, Ireland. The DHFF is a three day festival taking place in Ballyliffin, Co. Donegal from Friday 27th September 2019. The Disappear Here Film Festival will take place in a series of unique locations on the Wild Atlantic Way, in and around the picturesque village of Ballyliffin, Co Donegal. Fr…

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Johnny Doherty Festival

27 - 29 September 2019, Ardara The Johnny Doherty Festival is a traditional music festival in memory of the late John Doherty, a local fiddle legend. Held in the scenic heritage town of Ardara in Co Donegal, The Johnny Doherty Festival aims to promote the music and dance traditions of the area. John Doherty was a world renowned traditional musician who was born in and spent much time in Ard…

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Exhibition: The Emigration of Donegal Women, 1845 - 1950

10:30am 27th September 2019 - 4:30pm 6th of October 2019 - THE SALDANHA SUITE, FORT DUNREE, LINSFORT, BUNCRANA Entitled ‘A Long Farewell’ this exhibition documents the Emigration of Donegal Women from 1845 to 1950. It is a joint Donegal County Museum/Archives exhibition. Please note that a later closing time of 6pm may apply on Saturdays and Sundays.

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Tip O'Neill Awards

27th September 2019 - Ballyliffin - Tip O’Neill Awards Inishowen Gateway Hotel Railway Rd, Ballymacarry Lower, County Donegal Ireland 8:00 pm - 11:00 pm Tip O’Neill Awards - The Tip O ‘Neill Irish Diaspora Award is presented on an annual basis to a chosen member of the broad Irish Diaspora in recognition of achievements in their chosen field and their interest in, and support for Irelan…

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Dunfanaghy Food Festival

27 - 29 September 2019, Dunfanaghy A festival highlighting the vast array of local artisan food producers with demonstrations, special offers, traditional music and entertainment. Now in its fourth year, the Dunfanaghy Food Festival continues to grow and this year it will take place over three days from the 27th to the 29th of September. The main festival will take place on the Village Green…

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Irish Coffee Making Championships

National Irish Coffee Championships 2019 The All-Ireland Irish Coffee Making Championships are set to take place in Jacksons Hotel, Ballybofey - home of the Irish coffee to find the nations best Irish Coffee Maker. History indicates the original creator of the now famous Irish coffee was Joe Jackson, founder of Jackson’s Hotel in Ballybofey, who whilst fighting in World War II made the drink …

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The 10 Dark Secrets of 1798

28th of September 2019 - Lifford Old Courthouse, Lifford Co. Donegal - Experience the incredible true story of Ireland’s 1798 Rebellion through song, imagery and storytelling in the capable hands of historical entertainer and musician Paddy Cullivan. Inspired by the American and French Revolutions of late-18th Century, the ’10 Dark Secrets of 1798′ is a historical drama of ‘Game of Throne…

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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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Wainfest Annual Arts & Book Festival

5th - 13th October 2019, Across Co. Donegal Wainfest Childrens Arts and Book Festival Wainfest is an annual week-long, countywide arts and book festival dedicated to children across Donegal. Complimenting it’s ever-popular schools programme, the festival has grown to include an extensive family schedule of events over the past number of years to include partners such as Glenveagh National Par…

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Twin Towns Walking Festival

5th - 6th October 2019, Stranorlar It is our great pleasure to welcome you to the second Twin Towns Walking Festival where on Saturday 5th and Sunday 6th October we will have a series of events that will get you close to nature, doing a spot of walking and learning something about where we live. The Twin Towns is such an amazing place with a huge range of landscapes to explore and we are delig…

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Seamus Grant Weekend of Traditional Music and Culture

11th - 13th October 2019 - Clonmany Local traditional musicians, singers and dancers will warmly welcome special guests onto the stage to give you an unforgettable weekend. There will be opportunities to attend workshops and join the musicians in some of our open sessions throughout the weekend

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Warp & Weft of Heritage Weekend

11 - 13 October 2019, Ardara We are delighted to announce the theme of the Warp & Weft of Heritage Weekend 2019 is Donegal Folklore, Fact and Fiction. The festival will take place from the 11th – 13th of October in Ardara, Co. Donegal and will celebrate our rich music and storytelling traditions, and the 60th anniversary of Darby O’Gill & the Little People’s Ardara connection. Today marks…

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Fisk @ Breac.House Autumn 2019 - Food Coast Experiences

13th – 22nd October - Breac House - Dunfanaghy - Food Coast Experiences Following on from our series of special food evenings in 2018, we are delighted to announce a series of food experiences at Breac House this September and October. In October, Tony Davidson and Lina Reppert from Fisk in Downings will treat our guests to a series of small plates celebrating the best of local Donegal fi…

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Weekend of Irish Language and Culture

25th - 28th October 2019, Glencolmcille Are you learning Irish for the first time or do you already speak Irish? Oideas Gael language courses are specially designed to cater for the needs of adults at all learning stages, including those who are more advanced but in need of practice. Each course contains three or more levels: beginner, intermediate and advanced.

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Jim Harte, Farmer & Friends

2nd of November 2019 - Lifford Old Courthouse - After a stunning performance supporting younger brother Mickey Joe at a sold-out performance in February, were delighted to announce the return of Jim Farmer Harte for a headline show at Lifford Old Courthouse. Returning with his band in tow and a whole range of special guests, this night promises to be one of the best nights of the year. P…

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Allingham Arts Festival

07 - 10 November 2019, Ballyshannon The Allingham Arts Festival is a community arts festival which takes place in Ballyshannon, Co. Donegal, each November, in honour of the poet William Allingham. The 2019 Festival will include Children’s Poet Laureate PJ Lynch, an evening with Sean McGinley and Marie Mullen, live final of the Song Writing Competition and many other events.

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Ardara Matchmaking Festival 2019

Fri 8th November - Sun 10th November 2019 The Matchmaking Festival - Ardara Love is in the air, with many novel matchmaking games and some of Irelands best matchmakers. With music by Gerry Guthrie, Jim Devine, and more. The most romantic weekend of the year! Stay tuned for more information.

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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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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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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 T…

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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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Rory Gallagher International Tribute Festival 2020

28th - 31st May 2020, Ballyshannon Get ready for our very Special 25th Anniversary Rory Gallagher International Tribute Festival 2020 in the town of Rorys birth - Ballyshannon, Co. Donegal, Ireland - 28th to 31st May 2020 - Remembering Rory 25 Years After! We are proud to host this wonderful Festival to Rory Gallagher, Born at the Rock Hospital in Ballyshannon in 1948 and since 2002 the Rory…

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2020 Donegal Wild Atlantic Marathon & Half Marathon

19 July 2020, Killybegs 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 marathon starts in …

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Mary from Dungloe International Arts Festival

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 Done…

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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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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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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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