Letterkenny Through The Lens

A montage sequence of events that took place in Letterkenny, County Donegal during 2011. The events include Saint Patrick’s Day, The Errigal Arts Festival and Letterkenny Live. Click on the play button and then click on 360p and from the drop down menu select either 720p or 1080p for high definition playback.

Donegal Events

Donegal Heritage Tweed

Filmmakers Jamie Delaney and Keith Nally’s beautiful short, made in collaboration with heritage enthusiast and Acne Paper Editor Charlotte Rey, profile one of the last surviving weaving mills, Molloy & Sons. Based in the windswept County Donegal, Ireland, current father and son duo Sean and Kieran Molloy have a pedigree dating back over six generations and weave premium tweed from the famous Donegal yarn. “I think that with old crafts which are indigenous to areas like this, it’s really hard to divorce them from their landscape,” says Delaney.

Over the course of three days’ filming, Delaney and Rey captured the family’s impressive artisanal skill and dedication to a dwindling industry. Amidst the bleak but beautiful scenery surrounding the mill, the textile masters explained how their authentic Donegal weaves were inspired by the muted tones and flecks of color in the local heather, bracken and wild flowers. “Tweed is part of the cultural DNA in a sense; it’s been there for generations and it’s a pillar of a fabric industry that is now disappearing,” says Rey. “What should really be shining through is the love and the passion of these people.”

Rathmullan – Winter Wonderland

Remembering the “big freeze” – some scenes from December 2010 in Rathmullan.

Christmas at McElhinney’s Ballybofey

McElhinneys department store invites you to drop in over this festive season for some great gift ideas at affordable prices at Irelands No1 retail store of the year.

McElhinneys wishes you and yours a very Happy Christmas and a prosperous 2012.

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Buncrana GAA Strictly Come Dancing

Congratulations to Pat McMyler and Emma Porter on winning Buncrana GAA’s first ‘Strictly Come Dancing’ event in the Plaza on Sunday night. In a tentative start to the dances, all the couples were understandably nervous, probably due to the rousing welcome they all received by a completely packed house. Although most couples did well in their first dance, scoring accordingly, they all kept their best performances for the second set of dances.

The four judges, Doreen Friel, Donall Henderson, Nicholas Crossan and Martin Mullan probably had the most difficult job of the night in trying to separate the performances of the dancers. The Strictly part of the night ended with presentations to the dancers by Buncrana’s own county football star Ryan Bradley who, accompanied by the Anglo-Celt Cup, received a rapturous welcome.

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14th October – Donegal Today

Watch video highlights of Earagail Arts Festival event which was held at Fort Dunree in summer of 2011 – Sean Og’s pub celebrates 10 years – a wedding at Rathmullan House hotel – notice of major Fracking meeting to be held in Ballyshannon – brush up on your Irish language skills – head for Donegal Town this weekend for the beer festival.

Puja at Fort Dunree – Summer 2011

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Global Irish Homecoming in 2013

Hopefully, County Donegal and other western counties are set for an upsurge in tourist numbers leading up to 2013.

A global Irish “homecoming” which has been billed as the biggest tourism initiative ever staged in Ireland has been unveiled.

The Gathering will be a year-long event in 2013 and the Government is anticipating it will attract as many as 325,000 extra visitors into Ireland.

Such a spike in visitor numbers would add another €220 million to the Irish economy.

Unveiling the Gathering at the Global Irish Forum in Dublin Castle, the Minister for Tourism Leo Varadkar described it as an “invitation to the world to come and join in Ireland’s renewal”.

The initiative has come from Fáilte Ireland, whose chief executive Shaun Quinn has described it as a “compelling vehicle” to tap into the wider Irish diaspora.

Every town and village in Ireland will be asked to participate in the Gathering which will be aimed first of all at the Irish diaspora, then people with an interest in Ireland and people at home.

A renewed interest in Irish roots, particularly following the publication of the 1901 and 1911 censuses, will also be accommodated during the Gathering.

The Gathering will be organised around a series of festivals, both existing and new.

County and city managers will be the key enablers for the programme supported by Fáilte Ireland’s destination project managers and regional teams.

The programme will be formally launched on St Patrick’s Day and a number of special events will take place at that time leveraging high-profile people from Ireland.

There will be a strong emphasis on promoting the event through social media with a view to creating a buzz about the events.

Tourism Ireland will lead the promotion of the Gathering abroad while Fáilte Ireland will promote it at home.

Former Irish diplomat Dr Tim O’Connor will chair the board overseeing the event.

He said: “In order to succeed. the Gathering will be the last word in joined-up thinking. It will require the input of every agency and every parish and its success is ultimately down to us.”

More Details: www.worldirish.com


Eurosurf Bundoran – Day 3 Video

Eurosurf Bundoran – Day 3 Video

Donegal Ireland in 100 Images

Donegal is located in the northwest corner of Ireland and dotted along its rugged, indented coastline are some of the finest surfing beaches and golf links in the country. It’s a great place for a family holiday with many attractions to visit such as Glenveagh National Park and Europe’s highest sea cliffs at Sliabh League. In recent years restaurants have been sourcing produce from local farmers and fishermen – now many of these restaurants appear in the Bridgestone Guide (Ireland’s good food bible)

If you are planning a trip to Ireland, we’d love to see you in Donegal – enjoy viewing.

The music used in this video is called “Old Reggae” by Mutefish.