Aranmore Country Music Festival

Aranmore Country Music Festival
25th and 26th August 2012
Tickets: €15 for one day pass and €25 for 2 day pass
Contact: Thomas on 00353 87 8608776

Trevor Loughrey kicks things off the Aranmore Country Music Festival on the island on Saturday 25th August and he is followed by Noel Cassidy and Martin Cuffe. On Sunday 26th there is an appearance by Paul Gallagher and Mary B and they are followed by Josie Cannon. Later in the evening Lisa McHugh and her band feature and to wrap things up, we have the country boy from Highland Radio. Tickets for the event are €15 for one day pass and €25 for 2 day pass. Contact Thomas on 00353 87 8608776

Getting here is straightforward via Dungloe and Burtonport before embarking on pleasant 15 min ferry journey into the island. There is a range of accommodation on the island to suit all tastes including B&B , self catering and 2 hotels.

Video – Thomas Costello introduces the programme for the Aranmore Country Music Festival

About Aranmore Island

Arranmore Island, or Árainn Mhór, off the coast of Donegal has been inhabited since prehistoric times and the promontory fort at Uilinn, which dates from about 800BC, still stands on its cliff top perch. Today, the island is a wonderfully peaceful place with a way marked trail leading from sandy beaches to the island’s rocky summit, providing spectacular views of the glittering sea, the cliffs, rock arches and the majestic mainland mountains; from Glen Head to Tory Island.

The crystal clear waters surrounding Arranmore provide great dive sites and sea angling, while the island’s freshwater lakes are home to brown and rainbow trout. Boats for sea angling can be hired and there are abundant cod, ling, conger eel, pollock, wrasse, skate, turbot and plaice.

Birdwatchers will enjoy seeing fulmars and shags and climbers can tackle the steep cliffs. The ferry runs all year from Burtonport making day trips a must and longer visits a well deserved treat. Savour the beautiful and untamed landscape, Gaelic culture, quiet country roads with abundant wildlife, turf fires and lively pubs. During Féile Árainn Mhór (formerly the Rose of Arranmore festival), the island’s annual celebration of music, song and dance, everyone gets a fascinating insight into island culture and the Irish language.

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Aranmore Island Photo Gallery

These photos were taken on a trip to Aranmore Island during the summer of 2011.

Most of the population lives along the southern and (comparatively sheltered) eastern coast. It has been settled since pre-Celtic times, and the few remaining signs of early settlement include a promontory fort to the south of the island and shell middens dotted along the beaches. Its position near the Atlantic shipping lanes was exploited, with a coastguard station and a lighthouse positioned on the most north-westerly point, and a World War 2 monitoring post set up to look out for U-Boats.

The permanent population is 650, but this rises to well over 1,000 during the summer months. A large proportion of the housing stock are holiday homes, with both native islanders and their descendants, as well as non locals being attracted to the beauty of the island.