Inishowen International Guitar Festival

The 1st Inishowen International Guitar Festival, three days of guitar heaven, took place in and around McGrory’s of Culdaff, Inishowen, north Donegal, on the weekend of 5 / 6 / 7 February 2010.

In the inaugural year we were delighted to present a wide spectrum of musical styles on both acoustic and electric guitars, from some of the foremost players and pickers in the world today.

Headlining was Jennifer Batten, instantly recognisable as the blonde lead guitarist in Michael Jackson’s band since 1989. Jennifer has also played and recorded extensively with Jeff Beck.


We had the rare combination of jazz and Nintendo tunes from Wim den Herder (Netherlands), Chet Atkins thumb-and-finger style from Gareth Pearson (Wales), bluegrass and beyond from Beppe Gambetta (Italy), acoustic blues from Johnny Dickinson (UK) and the exquisite Celtic fingerstyle of Clive Carroll.

Home-grown talent is equally represented by the mighty Henry McCullough, Arty McGlynn, Jerome McGlynn, Jimmy Smyth, Grainne Duffy, Paul Sherry, Paul Buckley, Percy Robinson and the Deans.

Culdaff, Inishowen

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Frankie Kennedy Weekend in Gweedore

The scenery in this Gaelic-speaking part of the county is worth the trip alone, but for trad musicians there is much more on offer during the Frankie Kennedy Winter School. The festival has two main centres: Cois Locha in the village of Dunlewey at the foot of Errigal Mountain, and Ostán Gaoth Dobhair in the seaside village of Bunbeg.

The winter school features a series of classes in various instruments and an enviable line-up of performers who take part in day-time recitals and night-time concerts.

Frankie Kennedy Weekend in Donegal

Frankie Kennedy Weekend in Donegal

With plenty of musicians attending, there is no shortage of informal sessions over the weekend. This year’s line-up included Donal Lunny, Paul Brady and Paddy Glackin; Máire Brennan (of Clannad fame); Hazel O Connor; Mick Kinsella and Josephine Marsh and of course the perennial performances of Altan.

Gweedore, Donegal
Phone: +353 (0)74 9560698

More Information

This normally takes place in the last week in December/ start of Janurary.

Contact Anna, on the phone number above, for more details

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Rory Gallagher International Tribute Festival

The Rory Gallagher International Tribute Festival takes place in the town where Ireland’s greatest Rock ‘n Blues Guitarist, Rory Gallagher has born in Ballyshannon, County Donegal. The 4-day programme of events are packed with outdoor music gigs, guitar workshops, exhibitions, nightly theatre concerts, late night gigs beginning at midnight, films, The Story of Rory, Seminar at the Rory Gallagher Theatre, non-stop Rock ‘n Blues Pub gigs.

This event takes place on the June Bank Holiday Weekend.

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Donegal Town Food Festival

The Taste of Donegal Food Festival- Friday 26th August, Saturday 27th August and Sunday 28th August 2011 Donegal Town. Come along and celebrate great food and drink in a friendly atmosphere.

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Guth Gafa Documentary Film Festival

When we established the Guth Gafa international documentary film festival in 2006 there were a number of factors we could be certain of; we knew the location was first-rate in terms of its beauty, that’s one of the reasons we’re based here after all; we could be sure that visitors would be warmly received in the best Donegal tradition, and that they would revel in the local culture; and we knew we could run a good festival with local support and co-operation.

What was less certain was whether we could get sufficient quality films and film-makers to come, not only to Ireland, but to one of the most remote parts of the country. We think we’ve succeeded beyond anything we could have hoped for when we started out in 2006, in attracting multi-award winning directors and films to Gort an Choirce.

The challenge, after five years, is to maintain the high standards that we have set ourselves and continue to build the Festival from year to year.
10th – 14th June 2011

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Falcarragh – Thriller at The Crossroads

This event took place in the small seaside town of Falcarragh Co Donegal on 26th June 2010.
The whole town and then some dressed up as zombies and performed Michael Jacksons Thriller at the crossroads in the centre of town.

As you can see from my attached video a huge effort was put in by all concerned.The event was in aid of the Haiti Disaster Fund.

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