Donegal Gathering Events

Donegal Gathering Events
During 2013, local communities in Donegal will invite thousands of friends and family from all over the world, calling them home to gatherings in villages and towns throughout the county. The Donegal Gathering provides a unique opportunity to reach out to those who have moved away, their relatives, friends and descendants, and invite them home. To find an event in your area, use the search box below.

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The Friendliness of Total Strangers

The Friendliness of Total Strangers is an unusual and compelling story. It is the first of a 2 book memoir by Alan Hemmings, principally concerned with a “textile pilgrimage” taking in derby, London, Donegal and Dublin.

The book is due to be published in late Spring / early Summer 2013

An excerpt appeared in the 2012 edition of The Donegal Annual

Mingled among all those articles are wonderful little gems such as Donegal Design, 1950 by Alan Hemmings. He relates how he decided to set up a small textile enterprise in Dungloe. One of his initial headaches is that all the looms and other equipment ordered from England were transported by mistake to Dunloe, Co. Kerry and took quite a while to reach Donegal. Let’s not spoil things by telling you any more than that!

Sean Beattie – Donegal Historical Society

The Friendliness of Total Strangers

The Gathering Short Film Donegal

The Gathering Short Film Donegal – This film was chosen as the winning entry from the North West Regional Final. It shows the beauty in the scenery of Donegal while focusing on interviews of local personalities and one from further afield. Appearences by Mickey Joe Harte(Musician), Brian Ormond(TV Presenter), Karl Lacey(Donegal footballer) and Francis Brennan(Hotelier).

This film was made by a student of Abbey Vocational School (Bebhinn Naughton)

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Changes in Consumer Behaviour

Changes in Consumer Behaviour

Behaviour and Attitudes, Ireland’s largest independent Market Research company, provided key findings to recent research into the unmet opportunities for tourism SME’s. These opportunities were based around three main trends –

  • The Savvy Shopper’ – Consumers looking for value
  • Authenticity’ – Changing consumer tastes and the growing importance of authentic and personal experiences
  • World of Mouth’ (social media) – The growing importance of social media, particularly with regard to how information is sought and accessed and how purchase decisions are made

Donegal Traditional Thatched Cottages

Donegal Traditional Thatched Cottages
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Donegal Traditional Thatched Cottages – Joseph Gallagher has always had a keen interest in local history, and while the role of Heritage Officer keeps him busy during the day, outside of his job with Donegal County Council, in his spare time over the last number of years he has been researching for a new book on traditional Donegal Cottages.

Along with fellow academic and historian, Dr Greg Stevenson, they have co-authored a beautiful new coffee- table style publication called “Traditional Cottages of County Donegal”.

Released just before Christmas 2012, it features many iconic traditional buildings from all corners of the county and many less known, yet equally fascinating examples of the county’s built heritage.

Their work not only captures many stunning images, but also features detailed explanations for the various elements that make up traditional Donegal cottages

More details about traditional cottages

Traditional cottages on Pinterest

Joseph Gallagher says one of the main messages people can take from the book is that these old buildings can be preserved and are important from many perspectives, including the tourism sector.

These buildings can be adapted to meet modern demands. We are in a better position now than we ever were to try maintaining these buildings, and not just as relics on the landscape. That’s not what it is really about, it’s about bringing them back into use and also show they are important. I think there is still tremendous affection for these buildings and people might think ‘this building is important to my family but maybe not to anybody else’ but they are important. I think they are very important to visitors and to people living abroad who come to Ireland who want to see them and want to hear the story of them – why they were important and what they reflect in the history of the county.