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

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 www.jewelboxfest.com

1916 – 2016 Centenary Commemorations in Donegal

1916 Centenary Commemorations Donegal
Donegal 2016 will see an extensive programme of events and activities delivered across the county to commemorate the events of the 1916 Rising, to reflect on our achievements over the last 100 years and to look towards our future.

Everyone, of all ages, both in Donegal and overseas, is invited to join in a year of commemoration, conversation and exploration – through the arts, through historical research and exposition, through the Irish language, through education and children’s events – from which a new and more expansive sense of Irish identity can emerge.

The programme in Donegal is informed by the Expert Advisory Group’s Vision for the 2016 Centenary Year: The commemoration will be measured and reflective, and will be informed by a full acknowledgement of the complexity of historical events and their legacy, of the multiple readings of history, and of the multiple identities and traditions which are part of the Irish historical experience.

Full details here

No Jury No prize at Artlink Dunree


No Jury No prize at Artlink Dunree



About the Exhibition
Artlink in Fort Dunree are pleased to host the 2014 No Jury No Prize exhibition which launches on Saturday 15th November. Last year’s inaugural exhibition in the London Street Gallery in Derry was very successful with almost 300 artists and art enthusiasts exhibiting their work. The exhibition is inspired by the Société des Artistes Indépendantswhich was founded in 1884 in Paris with the simple motto and rule – ‘No jury nor awards.’ Once again there will be no jury or prizes and all work will be accepted unless it breaches basic standards in a public gallery. The theme of the exhibition is entirely open – participants can address whatever they wish in their work. It may however be worth considering the context of the exhibition – it will be sited within the military fort on the North West coast of Ireland.
Who can submit artwork?

Anyone can submit work.  We welcome submissions from near and far. If you cannot deliver work in person you can send by post. Please ensure that you include a completed submission form (see below).

What can be submitted?
The submissions can be in any medium – be that a drawing, a painting, a film, a photograph, a readymade, a poem or text, the documentation of a performance or happening, an installation or a sculpture.
This year there will be no size restrictions (within reasonable limits).  All work must be ready to hang/display, i.e. mirror plates for 2D work, bulldog clips for works on paper, devices and headphones for audio works etc. Films should be submitted on DVD or via Dropbox (to [email protected]) and will be projected digitally on a loop.

How many artworks can be submitted?
Participants can only submit one artwork.

Is there a fee?
There is no fee to submit but any donations will contribute to the launch party which will take place from 6-8pm on 15th November at Saldanha Suite, Fort Dunree

Selling work
Participants who wish to sell their work should also state its price. 75% will go to the artist, 12.5% to administration and 12.5% to the RNLI.

When and where to submit:
All work must be submitted by post or in person between 29th October and 5th November between 11am and 3pm. If submitting by post please provide packaging and the delivery cost for the return of the work should you wish us to send it back rather than collect it. Please submit work plus a completed submission form (see below) to:

No Jury, No Prize Submission
Fort Dunree
County Donegal

For any further information please read the forms below or email Artlink at [email protected]





Ballyshannon Folk Festival Posters

Ballyshannon Folk Festival 2014


Ballyshannon Folk Festival Posters – The oldest Traditional Music Festival in the country, this year presents an exiting programme with some of the newest, youngest and freshest Irish and international talent on the folk and traditional music scene.

Ballyshannon Folk Festival Posters

View all Posters here

The 37th annual Ballyshannon Folk and Traditional Music Fesitval is the place to be next August Bank Holiday Weekend (Thursday 31st July – Sunday 3rd August 2014) as the sounds of traditional & folk music echo from the streets, pubs and theatre once again. One of Ireland’s longest running festival, this promises to be a great weekend for all the family.

View details of 2014 Ballyshannon Folk Festival

Another top class lineup has been announced bringing the best of folk & trad acts to the Ballyshannon stage. The weekend also offers plenty of pub sessions, street entertainment, workshops and our annual showcase competition with €1000 CASH for this years winner. This will no doubt be another memorable festival weekend.

With free open air concerts, live pub sessions, workshops and a new talent showcase in this years programme, The Ballyshannon Folk and Traditional Music Festival is sure to have something to cater for all tastes. Full details of all events are available online at www.ballyshannonfolkfestival.com

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