Local People Exhibition Letterkenny

Local People Exhibition Letterkenny

Art and social history mixed media project that will explore the idea of what connects us all as ‘local people’ in the Derry/Donegal cross-border area. Exhibitions at Regional Cultural Centre, Letterkenny from April 19th and University of Ulster Derry from June 10th.

Local People is a major art and social history project that will explore the idea of what connects us all as ‘local people’ and the rich diversity of what now constitutes a ‘local person’ in the modern day Derry/Donegal cross-border area. It will feature a broad representation of 40 local residents, telling their stories through film, photography and personal possessions.

The programme will comprise of 2 very large-scale exhibitions at RCC Letterkenny from April 16th to May 25th 2013 and University of Ulster Derry from June 10th to July 6th 2013 to coincide with Derry/Londonderry UK City of Culture.

Local People is based on the model of the very successful Destination Donegal exhibition that was held at the RCC From March to May 2011. It featured the life stories 12 people from around the world who moved to Donegal. According to exhibition Curator Harriet Purkis, “Destination Donegal aimed to re present people’s stories, as if the visitor is ‘getting to know them’ – seeing a life size portrait photograph, listening and watching people talk about their lives, looking at family photographs and things from home, and seeing their clothes.”

Project Team
Harriet Purkis – Curator
Jeremy Howard – Filmmaker
Mitchell Davis – Designer
Declan Doherty – Photographer
Ronan McConnell – Education Facilitator
Charlie Doherty – Assistant Filmmaker

Oireachtas Festival Letterkenny

Oireachtas Festival Letterkenny – “Is Gaeltacht ann féin é an tOireachtas a bhíonn ag taisteal na tíre bliain i ndiaidh bliana ag ceiliúradh ealaíona traidisiúnta na nGael i measc óg agus aosta.
Oireachtas na Samhna is cultural festival, nomadic in nature, as it travels the country, collecting friends and loyal followers in each new host town.

Letterkenny 30th October – 4th November 2012

Established in 1897 for the promotion of traditional Irish performing arts, the festival has at its core a series of competitions, at adult and junior levels, in the various art forms, including Sean-Nós singing, Sean-Nós dancing, storytelling, Agallamh Beirte (the ancient Irish art of dialogue in verse); Lúibíní (a witty dialogue in song) and much more.

The unique aspect of this festival is that it is conducted fully and completely through Irish!

Fringe events, which attract a substantial following also, include sessions, lectures, book & CD launches, workshops and exhibitions featuring various aspects of our national cultural heritage.”

Letterkenny Tourism groups say bed nights are now scarce in Letterkenny town centre from Thursday, November 1, until Sunday, November 4, due to the huge crowds expected for the Irish language extravaganza.

The festival will see more than 10,000 people descend on the town for a weekend of music, dancing and storytelling. There will be top sean-nós dancing, sean-nós singing and storytelling competitions.

The festival will take place in various venues in Letterkenny, including the Mount Errigal Hotel, the Clanree Hotel, Letterkenny Institute of Technology and the Aura Centre.

Oireachtas na Gaeilge director, Liam Ó Maolaodha, said he was delighted that interest in the festival is still growing.

The Oireachtas festival is going from strength to strength each year and the challenge now is to find towns with enough places to accommodate the huge crowd the festival gathers. We’re delighted to be back in Letterkenny again as the town is ideal for all the competitions and events that are held during the Oireachtas festival

One of the highlights of the weekend is the ‘Steip’ sean-nós dancing competition which will be broadcast live on TG4.

Other highlights include the Corn Uí Riada sean-nós singing competition held in memory of Sean Ó Riada where champions and challengers will sing their hearts out in a variety of regional styles to win this most prestigious title. All major organisations in the Irish language sector will attend the festival including Foras na Gaeilge, Údarás na Gaeltachta and Conradh na Gaeilge.

Letterkenny Strong Man Event

Letterkenny Strong Man Event

Europe’s Strongest Man is for Letterkenny this September and is some of the top names in the sport will be in attendance. The event will run on the 14th and 15th September and will be broadcast live on Setanta Sports

The Clanree hotel will host the weigh with the events taking place in the Letterkenny Town Park.

Well done to local man Nigle Drein of Motiv8 Fitness on helping to capture this great event for Letterkenny For more information:

It’s not a sport for the faint-hearted, as organiser Dave Warner knows only too well. The Leeds man, who held the title of Ireland’s Strongest Man between 2006 and 2009, once managed to pull two train carriages in a competition.

And he revealed that spectators at the Europe’s Strongest Man event are in for a real treat. He explained: “The Under 90kg event has grown in popularity as it’s the average weight for a guy. The competitors are so evenly matched that you never know who will win.”

Up to 14 national title holders will compete on September 14 to 15. And to scoop the title, they’ll have to achieve some super-human feats.

One of the toughest contests will see them try to lift 160kg stone balls, almost twice their body weight.

Dave explained: “There are eight events in all and they are all extremely difficult.” It may sound like a torturous hobby, but it is one of the fastest growing sports in the world.

Dave added: “In 2001 I pulled two train carriages along a track, that was the hardest thing I’ve ever done.”

Fans of strongman competitions will also get a chance to see real-life heroes in the form of former 105kg World Strongman, Darren Sadler, who will be the tournament’s referee.

More details of Letterkenny Events at

An Grianan Summer Camps

An Grianan Summer Camps

Acting for Teens
Full week-Mon 25 June

The week will be a fun-filled week of theatre games, mime and improvisation. It will cater for newcomers and experienced folk alike. Over the course of the week, the workshops will be facilitated by youth leader Ronan Carr. He is an experienced actor/writer/filmmaker whose recent radio play was broadcast on RTE.

Choral Academy Summer School
Music – 23 Jul

The aim of the Singing School is to provide a forum for young people who enjoy singing to learn and develop their talents with qualified and experienced tutors.A great opportunity for singers to improve their vocal performance in this exciting programe which offers the chance to learn about the voice, how it works and how to get the most out of it. Led by Jim Mailey

Ballet Ireland Summer School
Ballet – 30 Jul
‘Tommy Town Mouse’; Ballet Ireland Annual Summer School 2012

Since 2001 more than three thousand boys and girls have taken part in the Ballet Ireland Annual Summer School, a week filled to the brim with creativity and self-expression, workshops centred in dance and a performance held onstage, fully lit and dressed and open to friends and family. Participants work and perform alongside professional dancers from Ballet Ireland, and in collaboration with them, decide how each week’s show develops. With emphasis on all the component arts that combine to make a ballet; drama, music, painting and dance, the Ballet Ireland summer school week is filled with laughter, joy and inspiration.

PBM Perfoming Arts Summer school
Children – 13 Aug

From the team behind ‘The Red Project’ (2006), ‘The McCool Summer School’ (2007) ‘Alice The Musical Summer School’ (2008) Pinocchio (2009), Hansel & Grettel (2010) and The Red Riding Hood (2011)
A performing arts training project based on Paul Boyd’s award-nominated musical ‘Mc Cool’.
“Best Musical 2003: a musical for all ages and all seasons” Sunday Life

Are you aged between 9 and 21?
Do you love to act, sing and dance?
Have you always wanted to work with theatre professionals?

This is your chance to appear in a hit musical! Pbm is one of the most acclaimed producers and creators of original musical theatre in Ireland and the company’s professional shows have now featured at theatres all across the world.

Contact us for more details

Frost Debt Solutions

Frost Debt Solutions came about due to the rapid decline in the Irish economy and the soaring debts people find themselves in due to this reason. Given the fact that there was new legislation coming into effect such as the mortgage crisis Karen and Ryan Stewart thought it would be best to launch their service ahead of the new regulations that were coming into play.

In the boom, people were able to afford their debt repayments but since the recession people cannot keep up with these payments for a number of reasons such as a loss of a job or a reduction in salary. At the moment Frost Debt Solutions are dealing with creditors across the country and they are accepting the proposals that they make.

Frost Debt Solutions also negotiate with creditors to see if they will freeze the interest on charges on the accounts so whatever the clients do get will come directly off the balance and not eaten up by interest charges.

All advice Frost Debt Solutions give is free and confidential.


An Grianan Theatre Spring Summer 2012

An Grianan Theatre Spring Summer 2012
Some of the events coming up at An Grianan Theatre.


Fri 27th April Wind in The Willows
Sat 28th April Chronicles of Long Kesh


Thur 3rd May Grease/Dirty Dancing
Thurs May 10th Ardal O’Hanlon
Fri 11 May Jack L
Wed 16 May Albert Lee & Hogan’s Heroes
Thurs 17 May The Love Hungry Farmer
Thurs 24 May The Sleeping Beauty
Fri 25 May Static Movement Variety Show
Sat 26 May Mark Black & The Trips album Launch (with support The Heads of State & In their Thousands)
Tue 29 & 30 May A Bag of Queens


An Grianan Theatre Spring Summer 2012 – Video Highlights

Location of An Grianan Theatre

Box Office and programme details: 00353 74 9120777
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Digital Marketing Strategies for Donegal Business

Digital Marketing Strategies for Donegal Business

Most businesses work hard on their digital marketing, but how much of it is really working? Join us for a free seminar that will tell you where to look to find the answers to that question.

Donegal County Enterprise Board are pleased to be welcoming Niall McKeown of iON back to Donegal to deliver a seminar for Donegal businesses next month. Niall is the founder and managing director of iON and his seminars have always been practical, informative and engaging. He has been an “internet entrepreneur” for over a decade with experience in digital marketing strategies, sales, business growth, new product development and new technologies.

Digital Marketing Strategies for Donegal Business – Event Details:
Date: Tuesday 29th May 2012
Time: 8.30am – 10.30am
Venue: CoLab, Letterkenny Institute of Technology
Cost: FREE

To book your place for this FREE seminar, please contact us on 074 9160735 or email

The seminar will focus on improving your web strategy through the use of analytics and evidence-based decision making. The seminar will look at using web statistics and defined key performance indicators to decide which tools and digital channels (i.e. Facebook, Twitter, blogging, pay-per-click, etc) will work best for your business.

Seminar Agenda:
Introduction to analysing web statistics
Case Studies:
How companies planned their digital strategy based upon evidence
How companies increased their sales due to evidence-based decision making
Why some companies win and others fail online because they ignore the evidence
How to create digital key performance indicators

To book your place for this FREE seminar, please contact us on 074 9160735 or email

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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?”

Letterkenny Through The Lens

A montage sequence of events that took place in Letterkenny, County Donegal during 2011. The events include Saint Patrick’s Day, The Errigal Arts Festival and Letterkenny Live. Click on the play button and then click on 360p and from the drop down menu select either 720p or 1080p for high definition playback.

Donegal Events