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The streets of Belfast City Centre and Cathedral Quarter will come alive this May to the sound of laughter and the sight of acrobatics, music and comedy as the Festival of Fools celebrates coordinated comedic chaos.

Place:Main Street, Letterkenny
Time:21-23 June | 4pm-8pm
Phone:+353 74 9158178
Email:click here to email
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The shows include slapstick from San Francisco; tumbling from Tanzania; Bicycle acrobatics from Belgium; Candy floss from Kansas; Mime from Mexico; and Stiltwalking from Scotland! Supporting everything that is best about Belfast the festival will also have 17 restaurants, bars and cafes taking part in the Festival of Foods with great offers such as free food for children.

For more info visit website www.rathmullan.com

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Buncrana Events

Buncrana Events

CHAMBER AGM – 13th March
The Chamber’s Annual General Meeting will be held in the Inishowen Gateway Hotel on Tuesday, 13th March at 8.00pm. Matters for discussion will include the election of new Committee members for 2012/13 and all current members of the Chamber are asked to attend.

ST. PATRICK’S DAY PARADE – 17th March (pic above by Charlie Giblin Photography)
This year’s parade will take place on the day itself, Saturday 17th March, at 3.00pm. The organising committee are looking for as many people as possible to join in, so if you are interested in entering a float or if you would like to volunteer to help out as a steward, contact 086 843 5431, 086 366 9905 or 086 600 2155.

AN POST RAS – 24th & 25th May
The biggest event in Irish cycling, the 60th annual An Post Ras, arrives in Buncrana on Thursday, 24th May. The event attracts national and international teams and wide exposure through the press and television. This year Buncrana has a Stage Start / Finish, with the riders arriving at the Main Street on Thursday afternoon then staying overnight before starting the next stage on Friday morning. As part of the celebrations, the Chamber is putting forward a ‘Buncrana Ras Queen’ who will present bouquets of flowers to the stage catergory winners on the race day. The Queen will be selected at the Mayor’s Ball at the Inishowen Gateway Hotel on 11th May.

The Donegal International Rally brings world-class action from local, national and international rally drivers back to the peninsula between the 15th and 17th June, with stages around Buncrana and Inishowen on Friday 15th June.

The North Atlantic Fiddle Convention (NAFCO) will be held across Derry and Donegal, including events in Buncrana, from 27th June to 1st July. This is the first time the Convention has been held in Ireland, welcoming hundreds of participants and thousands of visitors to celebrate traditional fiddle music and dance from Ireland and across Scotland, the Shetland Islands, Canada, the USA and the Nordic countries.

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Diaspora an economic resource for Donegal

A workshop “Diaspora an economic resource for Donegal” will take place on Wednesday, February 8 between 9.30am and 12.30am at the Radisson Hotel in Letterkenny.

The workshop will be given by Kinsley Aikins, former CEO of the Ireland Funds Worldwide. The Workshop will examine benefits and good practice with regard to harnessing diaspora as a resource and will focus on the potential of this sector for this region.

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Sally Murphy, managing the Donegal Diaspora Project for Donegal County Council, said….

“If you have a family and you want to do outdoors stuff than you can go to Ards or you can go to Slieve League. Families can go to Rathmullan either and enjoy all it has to offer or you can go to Portsalon. Again, we just have so much to offer people. It is about pulling all that together and displaying it and figuring out who the markets are and focusing on that, it might be through the GAA globally or the Donegal Association, it might be through the Irish art’s centre or it might be through business people,” she said.

Diaspora an economic resource for Donegal

Another interesting aspect to the project is to consider how to best display our county to the families of those who have settled here over the past decades.

“Think about all the new people who have come to Donegal in the last decade from Africa, Poland. Chile and other countries. How do we inform their families in their homelands about the place that they are living in?”

Rathmullan Community Festival

Rathmullan Community Festival is very much a family based event, not only for the inhabitants of Rathmullan but for the many visitors that come to the area. We look forward to seeing you there!

Rathmullan Community Festival

Rathmullan Community Festival

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Non-profit festival each August Bank Holiday weekend with music, competitions and craic on the street benefiting local and national charities.

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Killybegs Seafood Festival

The Killybegs Seafood Festival took place on 1st May 2011 at the Diamond. Festivities started with a barbeque serving free seafood, celebrating all that’s tasty and great about Killybegs!

As well as the barbeque, local bars and restaurants all served fish dishes on the day.
The Diamond hosted children’s entertainment including a bouncy castle, plus there was live music on the festival stage by The Difference. Fun for all the family!

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5 St. Catherines’s Rd, Killybegs, Donegal
Phone: +353 (0)74 9731950

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Traditional Music Weekend Tory Island

Every weekend traditional Irish music and dancing is celebrated on Tory Island. So why not come over to the island and experience this. The Irish language is also very strong here.

The people of Tory delight in expressing themselves in music, song and dance. Tory boasts many accomplished melodeon players. Céilís are held regularly in Club na Maighdine Mara and young and old alike take to the floor to dance not only the great Irish sets and reels, Ionsaí na hlnse, Ballai Luimnigh and Cor Seisear Déag, but also dances which are not very well known outside Donegal. There are many excellent singers on the island who give fine renditions of traditional songs and ballads.

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Tory Island Hotel, Tory island, Donegal
Phone: +353 (0)74 9135920

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Moville Regatta

An annual regatta is held at Moville every year in August, and has done so since early in the 19th century. In older times the one-man punt was popular, whereas nowadays the race of the home-made rafts brings competitors from many counties and large spectator crowds

A whole series of events will take place just off the pier in Moville.The date coincides with the Moville Summer Festival and there is always a big crowd for Moville’s Regatta – which has been running for many a year.

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Ard Foyle, Moville, Muff,
Phone: +353 (0)74 9382497
The Moville Regatta is an event filled activity and fun for everyone. Please telephone for further information.

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Ribbon Rhythm Festival 2011

Aslan, The Gandhis, Seven Days, Henry McCullough, Lee Headly, Mirenda Rosenberg Band, Pontiax, Mark Black and Grianne Duffy
Miami Showband, Johnny Duhan, Fil Campbell, Lou McMahon and The Mudskippers

Ribbon Rhythm Festival is a dynamic new musical festival that will shake the winter blues from your soul and put a spring back in your step, and it’s all in aid of charity.
The festival has assembled a crack team of talented acts for a weekend crammed with fantastic tunes and a bounty of side events to keep you entertained and amused.
The ever-popular Aslan will headline Saturday’s stellar line-up, which also includes Henry McCullough, The Mirenda Rosenberg Band, Mark Black, Grainne Duffy, Lee Hedley and Pontiax. And that’s just for starters.

Sunday’s legendary headliners are The Miami Showband, who will be joined for a second day of musical merry-making by the likes of Fil Campbell, Lou McMahon and Johnny Duhan.
There will also be free music in the front bar for the duration of the two days for those who like their tunes unplugged and personal. Additional acts are being added all the time so stayed tuned to the website for more details.
The charity chosen for 2011 is Donegal’s Autism Family Support Group.

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Date: Saturday 26 February – Sunday 27 Februay 2011
Location: Mt Errigal Hotel, Letterkenny, Donegal, R.O.I.
Cost: Sat 26 Feb €50, Sun 27 Feb €40, Weekend Ticket €80

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Ardara Walking Festival

This festival, which takes place over two days in March (St. Patrick’s Day Weekend), expects walkers from Ireland, Scotland and The Netherlands. The programme includes easy, moderate and strenous routes, taking in the Maghera and Loughros Bays, the banks of the Owenrea River and an ascent by Easaranka Water fall on Glengesh Hill.

The easy walks are will take around three hours, while the strenous walks take about six hours. The Festival includes evening entertainment.

Ardara, Donegal
Phone: +353 (0)74 9541518

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