Donegal Christmas Events

A round-up of events happening in Donegal this Christmas including The Santa Express at Oakfield Park and Lapland at Isle of Doagh Inishowen.

Sea Sessions Bundoran 2017

Sea Sessions is one of Ireland’s most highly respected small festivals and is widely recognised as being the country’s premier music, camping and surfing lifestyle event

Polar Plunge 2017

Special Olympics Ireland is calling on Donegal people to get ‘Freezin’ for a Reason’ by participating in their coolest fundraising event of the year.

Run in the Dark Donegal

As darkness falls on Wednesday the 16th of November 2016 and as people settle down in front of their televisions, thousands of others will pull on their running shoes and red flashing armbands and head for the door

Gateway to Growth

Ireland Northwest is exceptionally well placed as an investment hub for business and global companies seeking to establish a gateway to both the UK and EU markets

Paint with Dermot

Dermot Cavanagh

BBC TV Artist Dermot Cavanagh says he can bring out the artist in anyone and to prove it he’s holding a 3 day watercolour workshop on the Atlantic Drive Downings Co. Donegal from 14th to 16th July 2016.

Dermot Cavanagh is the artist and broadcaster behind the BBC series ‘Awash with Colour’. During 74 episodes of his hit art travelogue Dermot informed and inspired millions of TV viewers at home and abroad as he taught a host of celebrities to paint. Pauline McLynn, Packie Bonner, Barry McGuigan, Gloria Hunniford, Suzanne Dando and John Craven to name but a few all took up the paintbrush and joined Dermot on his watercolour exploration of Ireland.

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Now Dermot has carefully structured a 3 day art workshop so as to improve painters of all levels of artistic ability, including beginners. He will cover a range of watercolour techniques and exercises that will greatly develop the skills of any enthusiasts. His sessions will be hands-on with each guest creating a step-by-step watercolour to be proud of from the initial sketch to the finishing touches.

Dermot Cavanagh is a master tutor, patient and generous with his tips. And can bring out the artist in anyone; People often say that they’ve learned more from Dermot’s courses in a few days than from attending other classes for years. So why not join him on The Atlantic Drive Downings and let him bring out the artist in you.

3 Day Workshop including all materials: Price £199.00 or €235.00. Pre-booking is essential.
Painting days are 10.00 am to 4.30 pm.
All painting materials are provided so there is no need to bring anything.
Places are strictly limited to allow for lots of individual instruction.
Bookings can be made securely over the phone using Credit or Debit Cards.

More Information

For more information and booking contact Dermot Cavanagh’s Studio on:
+44 2887784166

E-mail: [email protected]

Cermot Cavanagh


Lennon Festival Ramelton

Jewel Box Festival Moville

Jewel Box Festival Moville


“Inishowen Landscape in the Spotlight”

at ‘Jewel Box Festival’ exhibition – Moville on Saturday 16th July

Acclaimed Donegal-born painter Sheila McClean will be taking a look back at her celebrated career in a retrospective exhibition at the ‘Jewel Box Festival’ in Moville on Saturday 16 July.
Famed for her beautifully evocative landscape paintings of the sea, mountain, hill and bogland of Inishowen, Sheila’s work includes depictions of such local landmarks as Carrickarory Pier, Moville Pier and Greencastle Pier, as well as Ballymagan in Buncrana.


Sheila McClean - artist

Sheila explains the particular inspiration which Inishowen offers to her as an artist:

“In painting the landscapes of Inishowen, I suppose I was painting the many moods of our varied and very changeable weather. I would drive around Inishowen until something struck me that I’d like to paint and I would exhaust that area until I had found its secret or failed to do so. On looking back it is interesting to note that the areas that attracted me were those of my ancestors on both sides of my family.”

Sheila is a member of the prestigious Royal Ulster Academy of artists and her work has been bought by a number of high profile collectors, including the Kennedy family in the US and others in Ireland, the UK, New Zealand, Holland and Germany.

Inishowen landscape in the spotlight

When asked about the idea behind the forthcoming festival exhibition, Sheila said:

“When my niece Sarah McGuinness came to me with the idea of exhibiting at the ‘Jewel Box Festival’, which brings together artists of various genres in the beautiful Inishowen landscape which has been so inspirational to me, I thought it was the perfect opportunity to revisit some of my favourite work which hasn’t been seen in public for several years and to introduce it to a new audience.”

Jewel Box Festival

The ‘Jewel Box Festival’ is a one-day celebration of music, comedy, art, food and literature which will take place in Moville on Saturday 16 July and capacity is limited to just 300. To reserve places for yourself, family and friends, please email [email protected] with your name, telephone number and the number of places you require and we will be in touch with further information. Keep up to date with event news at

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