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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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Ireland Writing Retreat

24 - 30 June 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 landscape soaked in …

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2019 Irish National Road Cycling

27th - 30th June 2019 Speenoge, Co. Donegal Foyle Cycling Club are gearing up for the arrival of the very best cyclists in Ireland to Derry/Londonderry for the Cycling Ireland National Road Championships in June. Eurosport Coverage Confirmed For 2019 Irish National Road Race Championships please see attached press release. The three-day festival of racing draws the very best Irish racers …

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Buncrana Music Festival

28 - 29 June 2019, Buncrana Buncrana Music Festival returns to Buncrana’s Shore Front in what is expected to be the biggest music event in the north west of the year. A top-class array of Irish talent is on display with organisers, Notorious Events, revealing eight acts so far, including The Dolerentos, Hudson Taylor, the Hot House Flowers, the Blizzards, Keywest, and Natty Wailer along with…

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Colgan Heritage Weekend

28 - 30 June 2019, 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” Keynote Speaker is Anna May Mc Hugh (Ploughing Championship), Kathy Donaghy( Journalist), and Caitriona Mc Laughlin (Abbey Theatre). A re-enactment …

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Donegal Town Summer Festival

28 - 30th June 2019, Donegal Town Donegal Town Summer Festival will take place on the Diamond in Donegal Town. Another great weekend guaranteed! LIVE OPEN AIR CONCERTS.... Family Fun, Kids Fun Days...... and lots lots more!!!!!

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Summer Seafood & Jazz Nights

28th June, 26th July & 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 28th June, Friday 26th July and Friday 30th August. Our Head Chef Marquison Brandos has compiled an exciting Five Course Seafood Menu using locally sourced seafood, served in our Restaurant ac…

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Finn Valley Agricultural Show

29 June 2019, Russel Bros. Farm, Kilcadden, Killygordon Finn Valley Agricultural Show will celebrate its 28th annual event in 2019 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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Lennon Festival Ramelton

05th - 15th July 2019, Ramelton The Lennon Festival is an annual event which takes place each July and this year will be the 50th Festival. It takes place in the town of Ramelton Co. Donegal. Ramelton is a heritage town and has some very interesting history and many famous locals who went on to become very successful in both business and sporting achievements. As part of the festival we prod…

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Shop LK Summer Sessions

6th 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 6th - Rag A Ra - Main Street – 12pm to 3pm July 6th - Joe Gibson - Letterkenny Shopping Centre - 12pm to 3pm July 13th - …

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Strawberry Festival

6th July 2019, Castle Grove Country House, Letterkenny Castle Grove Country House, Co. Donegal will be hosting their 3rd Annual Strawberry Festival in their beautiful grounds, in association with the Donegal Food Coast. Situated on the shores of Lough Swilly in County Donegal, Castle Grove Country House is an idyllic place to while away a summer afternoon. So why not head along on Saturday …

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Letterkenny Islamic Culture Exhibition 2019

Letterkenny Islamic Culture Exhibition 06th July 2019 - McGettigans Hotel, Letterkenny. An opportunity to meet, share, discuss and experience the principles and culture of fellow Irish Muslims. Discover Islam Ireland (DII) wishes to invite you to the Letterkenny Islamic Culture Exhibition 2019 as follows:- Exhibition opening time: 12:00 PM Date: Saturday 6th July 2019 Exhibition Venue: M…

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Féile Inis Bó Finne

6 - 7 July 2019, Inis Bó Finne - Inish Bofin A two day festival celebrating Island life packed with fun filled events Saturday 6th July 11am Football Tournament 12pm Art Workshop with Plein Eire 12pm Bouncy Castle 2pm Family 5km Run / Walk €15 per Adult €30 per family includes return journey from Magheroarty Pier 5pm Music in the Hall 6.30pm Prize…

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Ceol na Coille Summer School of Irish Traditional Music 2019

08 - 12 July 2019, Letterkenny Welcome to the Ceol na Coille’s 8th Annual Summer School of Irish Traditional Music in Coláiste Ailigh, Letterkenny, Co. Donegal, in association with The Wild Atlantic Way & Fáilte Ireland. The Summer School comprises a 5-day programme of workshops, recitals, sessions and concerts. Learn Irish Traditional Music, Song in a county known for its culture, its be…

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Donegal Summer School of Music

08 - 13 July 2019, Letterkenny Donegal Summer School of Music - Making Music, Having Fun! Were moving. Due to building works in Loreto Letterkenny, we have relocated to Errigal College this year. This years Summer School runs from 8th - 13th July, in Errigal College, Letterkenny. Check out our new classes on offer this year here. Now in its 20th year, the Summer School is an ideal way…

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The Big Splash

8th to the 12th of July 2019 - Rossnowlagh, The Big Splash Kids Surf Club A week of surf lessons, biblical workshops, games, activities, and more! Children aged 6-12, can attend either on a day-to-day basis, or they can sign up for the whole week at the Big Splash Kids Surf Club, where they will be cared for in a safe environment, giving parents a break to enjoy some down-time! 8 – 12 …

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Earagail Arts Festival

10 - 28 July 2019, Countywide 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 celebrated its Silver anniversary and 25 years of festiv…

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Donegal International Folk & Roots Weekend

10 - 14 July 2019, Letterkenny Earagail Arts Festival are pleased to unveil the full line-up of this years fifth annual Donegal International Folk & Roots Weekend (DIFRW), presented by Earagail Arts Festival & The Regional Cultural Centre, and featuring the world premiere of a new two-part collaboration celebrating connections between Donegal and Rajasthan. Check out the Festival website fo…

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Sult Music Festival

12 - 13 July 2019, Gweedore Sult Music Festival is a local community organised event. We will run this outdoor festival annually to raise funds for small local community groups and to bring the best of Local, National and International Music Acts to Gweedore/Gaoth Dobhair to experience the best of music talent live. As well as helping local community groups our aim is to reinvest and grow th…

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OFlaherty OTB Music Festival

13 - 14 July 2019, Buncrana MRK Events presents: OFlahertys OTB 2019 Bigger and Better Again! After last years resounding success, MRK Events is delighted to present OFlahertys OTB 2019. This years edition will take place OTB (out-the-back - if you dont know by now!) of OFlahertys Bar, Buncrana. Line Up includes Fergal Darcy, Thanks Brother, Flynn, Fallen Lights, True Tides, Conleth Mc Ge…

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Féile Ghabhla 2019

Dé Satharn, 13ú Iúil 11.00 r.n. Ceardlann Ealíona le Plein Aer 12.30r.n. Oscailt Oifigiúil na Féile 1.00 i.n. Rás/Siúl 5K (chun sochair do Oispidéal na bPáistí, Crumlin) 3.30 i.n. Taispeántas ‘Gineolaíocht Ghabhla’ 8.00 i.n. Óíche Airneáil – Comhrá, ceol agus craic 10.00i.n. Siúlóid na Gealaí Dé Domhnaigh, 14ú Iúil 11.00i.n. Siúlóid Stairiúil ar Bhealach na Gaeltachta 1…

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Take a Walk on the Wild Side‏ - Slieve League Walk & Boat Trip

Come join Helen and Diarmuid on a hike of a life time! Take a Walk on the Wild Side...with a bit of a splash and potential dolphins spotting. Slieve League is one of Donegals Signature Points along the Wild Atlantic Way situated on the south west coast of County Donegal, with magnificent views of Donegal Bay and the Sligo Mountains. The walk includes a hike across the amazing Slieve League and…

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Magee 1866 Donegal Wild Atlantic Marathon / Half Marathon

14 July 2019, 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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Burtonport Summer Festival

19th - 27th July 2019, Burtonport Family friendly festival running in Burtonport, Co. Donegal. Were heading for the 43rd year of the festival. Easily described as one of the “Best Family Festivals” in Donegal, the Burtonport Summer Festival keeps the whole family in mind – from an action packed selection of children’s activities & outdoor adventures for all the family, street music thro…

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Ardara Bluegrass Festival

19th - 21st of July 2019 - Ardara 12th Annual Bluegrass Festival The ever popular Bluegrass Festival featuring some of the finest acts in the world. A weekend not to be missed!

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Mountcharles Opera Festival

19th to 20th July 2019 - The Garden Rooms, Salthill House, Mountcharles. Presented by Deborah Cunningham, Paul Martin with Evan McGarrigle and The Bluestack Chorale 8pm both evenings Doors open: 7pm In 2008, Songs for a Summer Evening was held in The Garden Rooms of Salthill House. That event proved so popular, it was decided to run it again in 2009 and it has been running ever since. …

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25th Churchill Fair

19th - 21st July 2019, Churchill This is a family orientated festival, which has events and activities to suit all. Each year proceeds from the Fair are given to a local charity.

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FestiFál 2019

19 - 21 July 2019, Falcarragh – Féile an Fháil Charraigh 19 – 21 Júil 2019 Beidh neart ceoil and damhsaí gaelacha, chomh maith le scealaíocht and cluichí go leor don teaghlach ar fad. FestiFál - Falcarragh Festival 19 - 21 Jul 2019. There will be plenty of Irish music and dances, as well as lots of entertainment and games for all the family

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Inishowen Agricultural Show

20 July 2019, Carndonagh The annual Agriculture Show takes place in Carndonagh on Saturday 20th July 2019. This is a great day out for all the family with a wide variety of events for everyone to enjoy. The Show features a wide variety of Animals, Arts & Crafts, Baking, Plants, Children’s Pet Show to name but a few. Come along and enjoy a great day out.

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Bundoran Street Party & Vintage Car Show

20 July 2019, Bundoran The Bundoran Street Party will happen Saturday 20th July 2019 from 2pm – 5pm on Lower Main Street. 19 year old magician Joel M has been confirmed to appear at the Bundoran Street Party which will take place on Saturday July 20th from 2pm-5pm at Main Street. To add to the day’s festivities, the Anglo Celt Cup, recently won by the Donegal senior football team, will also …

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Bundoran Vintage Car Show

21 July 2019, Bundoran Bundoran Classic Car Show will take place on the 21st of July 2019, 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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MacGill Summer School & Arts Week

21 - 26 July 2019, Glenties The MacGill Summer School has been in existence for thirty nine years and in that time has grown from modest beginnings to being one of the most important fora in Ireland for the analysis of topics of national interest. Founded by Dr Joe Mulholland and a local committee in Glenties to celebrate the memory of local writer, Patrick MacGill, some of whose books beca…

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Off The Street Food Fest LK

27 - 28 July 2019, Letterkenny Letterkenny Artisan Market and The Lemon Tree Restaurant Letterkenny presents a two day Food Festival in the heart of Letterkenny (just off the main street). 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 stor…

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Mary from Dungloe International Arts Festival

27 July - 05 August 2019, Dungloe Enjoy a flavour of the Wild Atlantic Way at the Mary From Dungloe International Arts Festival. In its 52nd 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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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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Donegal Fiddle Summer School

29 July - 02 August 2019, Glencolmcille An annual event attended by fiddle fans from the locality and worldwide, in the beautiful surroundings of Glencolmcille in southwest Donegal. An area with a rich history of music, archaeology Irish language, great people and a relaxed atmosphere. This is a specialist non-residential music school held in the first full week of August in Glencomlcille. …

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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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Ballyshannon Folk & Traditional Music Festival

01 - 04 August 2019, Ballyshannon The 42nd annual Ballyshannon Folk and Traditional Music Fesitval is the place to be this August Bank Holiday Weekend (Thursday 1st to Sunday 4th August 2019) 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 include The Stunning , Sharon Shannon Band, Brian Deady, Dave…

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Muff Festival

02 - 05 August 2019, Muff Over the August Bank Holiday weekend each year Muff is a mass of color and crowds. Of course this is all due to Muff Festival taking place! The Muff Festival is really too much to be believed. Held in the town of Muff, County Donegal, this four day extravaganza hosts a veritable galaxy of daft competitions, street partying and parades - guaranteed to leave you reel…

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Rathmullan Community Festival

2nd - 4th August 2019 - Rathmullan - Donegal’s top local festival celebrating its 21st year, 3 days and nights of music, competitions and craic on the green! Non-profit festival each August Bank Holiday weekend with music, competitions and craic on the street benefiting local and national charities.

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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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Clonmany Festival

04 - 11 August 2019, 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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Glencolmcille Agricultural Show

4th of August 2019 - Glencolmcille - The Glencolmcille Agricultural Show or Taispeántais Ghleann Cholm Cille was first set in 1953 by Fr McDyer. In its heyday, the exhibition featured over 1600 entries in various categories, second only to the Balmoral Show in Belfast. Anyone interested in taking a stall for the 2019 show should contact the Glencolmcille Agricultural Show Committee (details bel…

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Wild Atlantic Week

4th - 10th August 2019 - Ardara - A Week of Special Events for Visitors and the Community Alike The Wild Atlantic Festival takes place 4th-10th August – a week filled with activities, tours, walks and events to celebrate our unique part of the Wild Atlantic Way. Programme of Events will be available in due course Great Music in the pubs and the unmissable Show Dance in the Nesbitt Arms to c…

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Fleadh Cheoil Chill Chartha (Kilcar Fleadh)

05 - 10 August 2019, Kilcar The Kilcar Fleadh organisers invite everyone to come join them for a 5 day festival of traditional music, songs and dance, celebrating the living heritage of traditional music in South West Donegal. The events will include Concerts, Ceili, Cross roads dance, ‘Echos in the Glen’ – a music recital featuring fiddles and pipes in the Gleann a’Bhaile Dubh, recreating …

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Clonmany Agricultural Show

06th August 2019 - The biggest and best agriculture show in Donegal enters its 52nd 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, livestock and sheep…

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Maghery Community Festival

6th - 11th August 2019, Maghery Welcome to our annual Maghery Community Festival! This Festival is all about Fun! Fun for young & old, families & singles! We can guarantee youre going to have some craic!

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Loinneog Lúnasa

8 - 12 August 2019, Gweedore This Festival celebrates the Musical and cultural heritage of Gaoth Dobhair. Loinneog Lúnasa – a community-based festival celebrating the music and culture of the Donegal Gaeltacht. There are few areas in Ireland that can boast such a wealth of internationally renowned musical acts. Just think of Enya, Clannad, Mairead Ní Mhaonaigh and Altan to name but a few.…

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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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Ardara Agricultural Show

10th August 2019 - Ardara has been running the biggest Show in Donegal for over 100 years. The Ardara Agricultural and Industrial Show, the culmination of the Wild Atlantic Week, is a day promising everything from top cattle, sheep, horses and ponies to a packed marquee of exhibits and a thrilling afternoon programme. It really is a day for the whole family, offering a wide range of entertainm…

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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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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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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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Arranmore Country Music Festival

17 - 18 August 2019, Arranmore Island The Arranmore Country Fest has been in operation for eight years on Arranmore Island of the North west Coast of Donegal. The Arranmore Country Fest has the honor of being Donegal’s Original Island Country Festival with patrons returning each year to share this experience. The festival takes place in August each year over a two day period with back to back…

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Annual Ballyshannon Agricultural Show

18th August 2019, Ballyshannon Judging Times: Cattle from 11am; Horse and Ponies from 11am; Sheep from 11am; Poultry from 1pm; Marquee Judging from 11am The line-up of entertainment includes • Free Novelty Events for the kids • Dog Show starts at 1.30pm (entries open at 12.30pm at Dog Ring) • Bonny Baby starts at 3pm (entries open at 2pm at Marquee) More Details to Follow

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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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Donegal Bay and Blue Stacks Festival 2019

27 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 20th 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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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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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 This weekend event will feature lively talks on the archaeology, culture, history, heritage and more of Glenties, Ardara and Portnoo and surrounding areas.

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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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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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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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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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