Buncrana Diving Board

Buncrana Diving Board

Buncrana Town Council is to reinstate diving boards in the area for the 2012 summer season in a bid to attract more visitors.

The Mayor noted that during the recent warm spell, hundreds of people visited Buncrana.

Buncrana Diving Board
And he says if diving boards were reinstated, then it would ensure that visitors would return during the Summer.

Mayor Nicolas Crossan says the diving boards could be used by visitors and people from the town.

Amazing Grace Concert

Amazing Grace Concert – Easter Sunday 8 April, 7.30pm at The Inishowen Gateway Hotel.
Tickets for the Amazing Grace concert are on sale at the Buncrana Tourist Office or from

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Ireland’s beautiful Lough Swilly was the setting for a dramatic story which changed the life of a foul mouthed slave trader. John Newton went on to pen one of the most famous and well-loved songs of all time – “Amazing Grace”.

A violent storm in the Atlantic Ocean crippled Newton’s ship. When all hope was lost, the Greyhound found refuge in Lough Swilly, County Donegal in the North West of Ireland.

Years later, Newton wrote “Amazing Grace” to chart his personal spiritual journey which began with his miraculous escape from death.

He went on to become a prolific hymn writer and, later in life, to mentor William Wilberforce in his fight against the Slave Trade. He was a changed man thanks to his encounter with God’s Amazing Grace.

Discover more at about the John Newton’s story, the song “Amazing Grace”and the beautiful Lough Swilly. And be inspired to continue Newton’s fight by discovering more about slavery today.

Amazing Grace Concert

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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Donegal Bridgestone Guide 2012

Donegal Bridgestone Guide 2012 – Donegal businesses have featured prominently in this year’s Bridgestone Guide.

Speaking of which, Linsfort Castle B & B, located on the shores of Lough Swilly just outside Buncrana, has been selected for the second year running as one of the 100 Best Places to stay as well.

Owners Alan Rooks and Brigeen Clafferty only got into the B&B business in 2008. Alan says being one of the Bridgestone 100 makes a huge difference. “Up to 2011 our clients were mainly visitors already coming to Inishowen who found us through our web site. However, after getting in the Top 100, we found that quite a number of new customers were actually coming to Linsfort as a destination. Thanks to Bridgestone, I think that we have been able to make a useful contribution to the effort to put Inishowen on the tourist map of Ireland”

John McKenna told the Donegal Democrat: “Donegal’s major strength is consistency. “Places like Rathmullan House, Aroma in Donegal Town and The Mill are models of getting it right every time.

Laurentic Conference in Buncrana

Laurentic Conference Buncrana

Laurentic Conference Buncrana

Laurentic Conference Buncrana – A major conference will take place at the end of this month to help the diaspora in the United States and Canada better connect with their roots.

When: Friday, January 27 at the Inishowen Gateway Hotel

Laurentic Conference in Buncrana
To register for the conference
email j.odonnell
ring Jennifer on +353 7493 62600

The third annual Laurentic Conference and Business Beyond Borders seminar will be held on Friday, January 27 at the Inishowen Gateway Hotel in Buncrana, County Donegal.

Loyola Hearn - Canadian Ambassador to Ireland

Guest of honor and speaking at the conference will be the Canadian ambassador to Ireland Loyola Hearn but organizers, the Ulster Newfoundland Initiative have also put together a strong line-up of other speakers who will address attendees.

Keynote Speakers Include:
• Loyola Hearn, Canadian Ambassador to Ireland
• Shona McCarthy, CEO of Culture Company 2013 Ltd
• Mary Bunting & Margaret Stanley, Joint Secretaries of the North South Ministerial Council
• Dr Brendan O’Keefe, University of Limerick
• Uel Hoey, Route Manager Belfast International Airport
• Claire Bradshaw, Titanic Belfast Center, Head of Sales and Marketing
• Aubrey Irwin, Tourism Ireland, Head of Tourism Ireland Northern Ireland and Product Liaison
• Paul Loftus, President of Montreal Branch of the Canadian Irish Chamber of Commerce
• Tim O’Connor, Business Adviser (Former Secretary General to the President and Counsel General to New York)
• Liz Doherty, North Atlantic Fiddle Convention

A number of local businesses will take part in the event with various stalls and displays at the conference.

All funds raised from this event go towards our ongoing mission of forging and fostering Educational, Economical and Cultural links with Atlantic Canada and the development of our planed youth project.

Our Annual Laurentic Wreath Ceremony to take place on Saturday January 28th at 2:00pm at St Mura’s Church of Ireland in Fahan and 3:00pm at Cockhill Cemetery Buncrana All Welcome

Click here to find out more about the SS Laurentic – The Gold Bullion Ship.

Register For The Laurentic Conference

To register for the conference
email j.odonnell
ring Jennifer on +353 7493 62600

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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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Christmas at The Beach House

Christmas at the Beach House Buncrana – delightful waterfront treasure & with spectacular views over Lough Swilly an enchanting & romantic destination