Enterprising Donegal Business Week

Enterprising Donegal Business Week

Oceans7 Swimmer Steve Redmond, Jack Black founder and course director at MindStore, Food Entrepreneur Domini Kemp and Donegal Football Manager Jim McGuinness, are just some of the high profile speakers lined up for this year’s Enterprising Donegal Business Week.

Jack Black of MindStore.com

Organised by Donegal County Enterprise Board, in conjunction with its enterprise partners in Donegal, the aim of the week-long programme of events is to inspire and motivate people to consider starting their own business and to provide a learning and networking forum for those already in business.

Running from Monday 4th March to Friday 8th March in venues across the county, all events are free to attend but registration is essential.

Amazing Grace Festival 2013

Amazing Grace Festival 2013 – 4th – 8th April

Against the stunning backdrop of Lough Swilly, celebrate the inspirational story of John Newton, his dramatic, life-changing arrival in Ireland and the 240th anniversary of his most famous hymn “Amazing Grace”.

A weekend events for all the family will combine music, history & heritage, arts & crafts and more…

The programme:

Thursday 4 April: The John Newton lecture with historian Marylynn Rouse (hosted by the West Inishowen History and Heritage Group)

NEW Friday 5 April: Night of a Thousand Stars – Songs of Freedom, Hope & Joy. Community concert in aid of The Exchange resource centre. 7.30pm at The Plaza, Buncrana. An evening of music from talented singers of all ages! (Ticket prices tbc)

Saturday 6 April: Family Fun Day in Main Street, Buncrana featuring arts and crafts, 18th century toys, face painting, balloon modelling and live music.

Belfast Community Gospel Choir in concert
Saturday 6 April: 8pm at The Plaza, Buncrana – Tickets priced €10 (€5 concessions and children under 12, under 5s free) available for pre-order from [email protected]

Sunday 7 April: 8pm (venue tbc)
The hour I first believed – stories of faith in the 21st Cenutry plus live music

Monday 8 April: 6pm (final details tbc)
Special event to mark the anniversary itself featuring Buncrana’s own choir – The Gateway Singers.

BONUS Event: Wednesday 10 April at St Columbs Cathedral, Derry. “John Newton in Derry” talk by historian Marylynn Rouse.

Donegal A Special Place in Your Heart

Mad Men’s Don Draper explains how technology can help bring a person back in time to a special place in their heart. Download the free cross-platform Donegal App for the beautiful county of Donegal in northwest Ireland and find out for yourself.

With special thanks to the photography of Mark Nolan, Mark Flagler, Emmet McCauley, Matt Britton, Donegal Democrat and anyone else we might have missed – email us and we’ll add you to these credits. Full credit for the original piece belongs to Lionsgate and AMC.

Aidan Quinn at The Allingham Arms

Aidan Quinn at The Allingham Arms – A concert with Aidan Quinn, his new band and the legendary Queen of County Music Philomena Begley. They take a journey through a lifetime dedicated to country music with firm favourites like ‘Queen of the Silver Dollar’, ‘Blanket on the Ground’ and many more. Quinn sings a selection of his hits including ‘Six Days on the Road’ and ‘Lough Sheelin’s Side’.

Book Tickets

Tel: +353 (0)71 98 41075
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The Allingham Arms Hotel has been described as the “Capital of Country Music” with well-known acts such as Jimmy Buckley, Robert Mizzell & Mike Denver making a regular appearance in one of several venues in the building… all at attractive and affordable rates. Enjoy lazing in the beautiful surroundings, all of which is only a minutes’ walk away from the beach, Bundoran town centre, Waterworld and numerous other amenities.

Fort Dunree Inishowen

Guns of Dunree


Fort Dunree Inishowen – Fort Dunree Military Museum Ltd. became the first Republic of Ireland based client for Ulster Community Investment Trust (Ireland) in 2008. Five years on, UCIT commissioned this video to highlight the role this Social Enterprise plays both within its local community and as part of Ireland’s national heritage.

Contact Fort Dunree +353 74 936 1817

Dunree Fort is located on the west coast of the Inishowen Peninsula, facing across Lough Swilly towards Knockalla Mountain on Fanad Peninsula in North Donegal.

Fort Dunree Photo Gallery

The Irish name for Fort Dunree is Dun Fhraoigh which translates as “Fort of the Heather”. This suggests that this cliff top setting has been an important defensive site down through history. The present day fort is located on a rocky promontory accessed over a natural fissure. The fort was remodeled in 1895 to have 2 x 4.7 inch (119 mm) QF guns below, and later 12 pounder (5 kg) QF and 2 x 6 inch (152 mm) guns in a battery above. The top of a hill overlooking the site was walled in to form a redoubt.


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Because of its strategic importance protecting the entrance to the deep waters of Lough Swilly, control of Dunree was retained by Britain after independence was only handed over to the Irish Government  in 1938

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