Video of 2011 Earagail Arts Festival Parade

Two weeks of music, theatre, visual arts, film, literature, circus and carnival at Ireland’s only countywide arts festival. The Earagail Arts Festival would like to invite you to come and experience a wealth of unforgettable events in the spectacular surroundings of County Donegal on the North West seaboard of Ireland. Celebrating the 23rd annual programme the next Earagail Arts Festival will feature a fantastic array of premieres, new work, and unique collaborations by a host of local, national and international artists. From movie screenings in forests and castles to innovative theatre, street arts and circus in gardens, parks and state of the art venues, our unique programme reaches out across County Donegal, so wherever you’re staying you’ll be able to enjoy a feast of entertainment located in the heart of one of Ireland’s most outstanding areas of natural beauty.

Telephone: +353 (0)74 916 8800
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Address: Earagail Arts Festival, Unit B6, Enterprise Fund Business Centre, Ballyraine, Letterkenny, Co Donegal, Republic of Ireland

The Pyros – I Want You

Buncrana band The Pyros returned to Donegal last year to record a long awaited CD. The album, aptly titled “At Last” was recorded in the tiny town of Culdaff in the legendary McGrory’s Backroom Bar. This is a song from that CD mixed with pictures and video snippets from the band’s Irish tour of Christmas 2009.

Deireadh an tSamhraidh – time lapse video

The video contains time-lapses from different places along the north coastline of Ireland, including Malin Head. The song is called “Old Reggae” which is played by the band Mutefish. They own the rights to the music.

Malin Head has always been a strategically important part of the country, where observation posts and signal towers were erected to keep an eye on shipping movements passing the northern coast. From the Spanish Armada, to the French fleet during the Napoleonic Wars, and more recently, during the two world wars. Before satellite communication, there used to be a radio station here, and there is still an active weather station, which provides important data to local and international weather bureaux. The most northerly point in Ireland is marked by an old signal tower on top of a hill known as Banba’s Crown. – A popular tourist destination. From here, probably the best views are looking south at the magnificent vista provided by the Inishowen Hills; though on a clear day, one can see as far as the Scottish Hebrides to the east and Tory Island to the west.

A Shine Of Rainbows – Trailer

This film was shot on location in Inishowen, Donegal, Ireland.

Tomas, a frail, shy eight-year-old boy, has been living a solitary life in a drab orphanage – sad, friendless and alone. Then a joyous burst of colour comes into his world: Maire O’Donnell, whose smile and spirit light up the darkest room – and Tomas’s heart. Before he knows it, Tomas is on a boat, sailing to wind-swept Corrie Island off the coast of Ireland, where he meets Alec, her reticent husband who cannot hide his disappointment with the boy.

Undiscouraged, Maire introduces Tomas the wonders of his new world. She shares with him the secret of the seals, the mystery of the stone giant and shows him that you can find magic anywhere- if you really look. In this rugged and enchanting world, Tomas thrives. He befriends a pair of island children and rescues an orphan seal pup who join him on his journey of self-discovery. Slowly, Alec too begins to see in Tomas what Maire always has.

But when tragedy strikes, Tomas is faced with his greatest challenge yet, for he’ll lose everything unless he can find – and share – the magic that’s inside him. Risking all, Tomas embarks on a perilous journey where he will need to call on all of Maire’s gifts to triumph and come home.

A Shine of Rainbows is a story about the transformational power of love- about finding acceptance, discovering magic, and about realizing that rainbows are all around you – and within you, too.

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Ballyliffin Golf Club

Ballyliffin Golf Club has recently been described as “the Ballybunion of the North” – and its not hard to see why. Located a short distance from Malin Head on the scenic Inishowen Peninsula, Ireland’s most northerly golf links covers 365 acres of magnificent duneland and is bounded by rolling hills and mountains – the only other boundary is the Atlantic Ocean.
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Ballyliffin Golf Club has two superb 18 hole courses – the classic Old Links and the wonderful new Glashedy Links. The Glashedy Links makes the most of a genuinely spectacular location. Designed by Pat Ruddy and Tom Craddock, it has been laid out on mostly higher ground above and beyond the Old Links.

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The views from both courses are breath-taking. Glashedy – named after Ballyliffin’s own “Ailsa Craig – measures over 7,000 yards from the Championship tees with large undulating greens, deep bunkers and fairways that twist and roll between towering dunes. The challenge presented by the Glashedy Links is almost as formidable as it is exciting.

In June 1993 Nick Faldo visited Ballyliffin and described The Old Links as the most natural golf course he had ever seen. The Old Links is a classically old style links. It exudes charm, character and curiosity in equal measure. More than anything, it is the extraordinary terrain that makes a golf game on the Old Links such a unique experience – stand on any tee and the fairway undulates in each and every direction. The principal architect of the links was none other than Mother Nature heself.

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Images of Ireland

“I fell in love with Ireland again this summer! With all the bad press and recession talk I thought I’d put together something a little more positive. These photographs were all taken in Ireland, the vast majority in the last few months. All photos are copyright Jonny Pardoe Photography but feel free to share the link! Music by ‘The Heathers’ “remember when”.
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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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Visit Inishowen Video

The “Inishowen 100″ is one of Ireland’s most scenic drives. Its a 100-mile (160km) circular route around the Inishowen Peninsula in North East Donegal. Bounded on three sides by water, the peninsula is almost triangular in shape, between Lough Foyle and Lough Swilly and bordered by the Atlantic Ocean to the north.

With splendid coastal scenery plus a good collection of ancient forts and monuments, traditional craft centres, and a dozen or so friendly villages, many people consider Inishowen to be a miniature Donegal.

Scenic highlights include the breathtaking Gap of Mamore, a scenic roadway that rises to a height of 800 feet above sea level before following a twisting corkscrew descent with panoramic views of the entire northern coastline; Malin Head, Ireland’s most northerly point; and Fort Dunree – a magnificent viewing outpost.