The Miami Showband at the Villa Rose Hotel

The Miami Showband at the Villa Rose Hotel
Sunday July 15th
Book now on 074 9132266

Enjoy a night of dancing to the dance hall sounds of years gone by with The Miami Showband at the Villa Rose Hotel, Ballybofey, Co Donegal.

Expect to hear some of the biggest showband tunes from that golden era plus some great country music from some of finest artists on the circuit today.

The Miami Showband

Following the success of the Vicar Street concert in 2005, Des Lee, Stephen Travers and Ray Millar have joined with Gerry Brown (who bought the Miami name in the mid 90’s) to recreate the excitement of the Miami Showband. Joining the foursome are Johnny Fean (who has since left), former guitarist with Horslips and Barry Woods, a long time veteran of the showband ranks having played with The Newmen, Real McCoy and Lyttle People, among others. The band hit the road in late 2008 and are managed by David Hull, promoter of the famous “Do You Come Here Often” series of concerts.

Call 074 9132266 to book your tickets or why not avail of our fabulous overnight rate including breakfast and ticket to the dance for only €65pp.

The Villa Rose Hotel

The Villa Rose Hotel is a 4 Star, family owned, boutique spa hotel located in the bustling town of Ballybofey, Co Donegal. Centrally located on the N15 between Lifford and Donegal Town it is an ideal base from which to experience all that Donegal and the North West of Ireland have to offer.

The hotel comprises 55 beautifully appointed bedrooms and 2 superior suites contemporary in design with the emphasis on absolute luxury. Our facilities include Fara’s Restaurant & Wine bar for a sumptuous meal in elegant & modern surroundings, The Forge Bar with live light entertainment every weekend, The V Spa for pampering & indulgence and The Wee bar where you can enjoy your drink while watching the world go by overlooking Ballybofey’s bustling Main Street.

Ramelton Heritage Guided Tours

Ramelton Heritage Guided Tours

Ramelton Heritage Guided Tours



Welcome to Donegal Heritage Trails, Donegal’s newest historical and heritage tour service. Based in Milford our company offers heritage tours of north west Donegal, in particular walking tours of Rathmullan and Ramelton. Certified Failte Ireland Guide.

When you have completed the Rathmullan Tour you just have to take this Ramelton Tour, its so worth it… Pass onto your friends. A Truly different tour experience… with Deirdra your Fáilte Ireland approved Tour Guide.

Ramelton is an elegant Georgian town in County Donegal – a county that is better known for its natural attractions. The town was built by Sir William Stewart who is also credited with the establishment of a town in Letterkenny. He was granted some 1,000 acres around the area where the River Lennon flows into Lough Swilly, and built the town, between the years 1609 and 1622, where previously an O’Donnell castle had stood, a castle judged to be “the meetest and most commodious in the area”.

Ramelton’s ‘golden era’ was undoubtedly the 18th and early 19th centuries, the Georgian era which gave it its most beautiful and distinctive buildings. This was a very affluent time for some of the leading families of the town, such as the Watts and the Stewarts, and sail ships regularly traded between Ramelton, New York and Kingstown, Jamaica. Flax was grown locally for the then thriving linen industry. This industry was centered on the Tanyard, a structure and site which can still be seen near the bridge at the west end of the Mall.

Ramelton Heritage Guided Tours
Contact Deirdra on 00 353 86 242 1008


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Donegal Space Craft

Donegal Space Craft

The Craft & Design Collective’s July 2012 Exhibition at Space CRAFT

The Craft & Design Collective presents HOME, an exhibition by Donegal Designer Makers, at Space CRAFT, the group’s Shop, Gallery and Exhibition Area, up the escalator at The Fountain Centre, College Street, Belfast, from Friday 6 to Saturday 28 July 2012, Monday to Saturday 10.30am to 5.30pm.

The Preview takes place on Thursday 5 July 2012, 6pm to 8pm – Everyone Welcome!

HOME reflects the work of Artist/Designer/Makers from Donegal and their connection with their home place (Donegal). For some it is their birth place, while others have made it their home. The exhibition explores the different elements of what home is to each maker.

Hannah McGuiness, Creative Director, Donegal Designer Makers says, “Our main connection to each other is our home place Donegal. Whether born here or settled here we have the great fortune of being owned by it and thus feeling part of what is Donegal. Our county has great dramatic beauty, is subject to erratic weather patterns, has a language of its own, is steeped in culture and tradition. All these aspects of our life in Donegal are carried through our lifetime, influencing and inspiring our work and us as people”.

For more information about Donegal Designer Makers go to

Space CRAFT will close for a week on Monday 9 July 2012 and will re-open on Monday 16 July 2012

About Space CRAFT
Space CRAFT Shop, Gallery and Exhibition Area is a non-profit taking social economy enterprise managed by the Craft & Design Collective designed to enable the sale of work made by emerging and established Artist/Designer/Makers

About the Craft & Design Collective
The Craft & Design Collective is an independent membership organisation formed in 1997 by Artist/Designer/Makers for Artist/Designer/Makers.
We are dedicated to the promotion, representation, understanding and development of Craft, Applied Art and Design in Northern Ireland and beyond.
Visit our website for further information about us, our members, and the events that we organise
The Craft & Design Collective is supported by the National Lottery through the Arts Council of Northern Ireland.


Space CRAFT, 9b The Fountain Centre, College Street, Belfast, BT1 6ET – GO UP THAT ESCALATOR!

Exhibition Dates
Friday 6 to Saturday 28 July 2012
Space CRAFT will close for a week on Monday 9 July 2012 and will re-open on Monday 16 July 2012

Opening Hours
Monday to Saturday, 10.30am to 5.30pm

Further Information
T: +44 (0)28 9032 9342
M: +44 (0)779 327 9161
E: [email protected]

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Inishowen to Benefit from City of Culture Year

Inishowen to Benefit from City of Culture Year

Tourism in Inishowen has a major opportunity to cash in as more than a million visitors are expected to visit Derry within the next twelve months.

This week almost thirty marquee names in Derry tourism circles were invited on an inaugural tour of the Inishowen 100 to “familiarise” themselves with the region.

One of those enthused was Tower Hotel receptionist Chiree Bowan who said: “I have definitely been guilty in the past of sending people to the Antrim coast or the Giants Causeway for a day trip, but now I will be highly recommending Inishowen.

“I thought the Famine Village was brilliant and the scenery throughout the peninsula was beautiful. There is so much to do, but now when tourists ask where would be good for a day out I will certainly be mentioning Inishowen first.

The tour was the brainchild of Inishowen Tourism’s City of Culture liaison officer, Jennifer O’Donnell, who said it was designed to create positive links with the city.

“They are expecting over 400,000 people to come to Derry for the Fleadh alone next August,” explained Jennifer. “Those numbers are unreal; we can’t be left behind. This is a major opportunity for local businesses to get a major boost so our main aim for now is to strengthen the link between Derry and, it’s natural hinterland, Inishowen.”

This week’s trip took in Fort Dunree, The Famine Village and An Grianan of Aileach, and is the first of many ventures which will see the tourist office try to establish the peninsula as a must see destination

The Carn woman says it is vital to strength these links.

“We need to promote Inishowen in the run up to the City of Culture, so we decide in invite people down to give them first hand experience of what was on offer. The majority of people who were on the trip have never been to any of the destinations and now a lot of them are dying to come back and spend more time here.”

She added: “Next week I will be inviting community groups to public meetings in Buncrana, Carndonagh and Moville on Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday evenings. This way the public can get involved and give their ideas on how to promote their towns.”

Amongst the Derry City tourism staff travelling around Inishowen on Wednesday, were frontline staff from hotels across the city, an idea which Bronagh Masoliver, from the Derry Tourist Office believes is key.

“The people here are receptionists and frontline staff who deal with the public on a daily basis. Not everyone who comes to Derry goes to the tourists offices, but they all come to hotels and you can be guaranteed they will asking the receptionist were they should go for a day trip.”