Jewel Box Festival Moville

Jewel Box Festival Moville


“Inishowen Landscape in the Spotlight”

at ‘Jewel Box Festival’ exhibition – Moville on Saturday 16th July

Acclaimed Donegal-born painter Sheila McClean will be taking a look back at her celebrated career in a retrospective exhibition at the ‘Jewel Box Festival’ in Moville on Saturday 16 July.
Famed for her beautifully evocative landscape paintings of the sea, mountain, hill and bogland of Inishowen, Sheila’s work includes depictions of such local landmarks as Carrickarory Pier, Moville Pier and Greencastle Pier, as well as Ballymagan in Buncrana.


Sheila McClean - artist

Sheila explains the particular inspiration which Inishowen offers to her as an artist:

“In painting the landscapes of Inishowen, I suppose I was painting the many moods of our varied and very changeable weather. I would drive around Inishowen until something struck me that I’d like to paint and I would exhaust that area until I had found its secret or failed to do so. On looking back it is interesting to note that the areas that attracted me were those of my ancestors on both sides of my family.”

Sheila is a member of the prestigious Royal Ulster Academy of artists and her work has been bought by a number of high profile collectors, including the Kennedy family in the US and others in Ireland, the UK, New Zealand, Holland and Germany.

Inishowen landscape in the spotlight

When asked about the idea behind the forthcoming festival exhibition, Sheila said:

“When my niece Sarah McGuinness came to me with the idea of exhibiting at the ‘Jewel Box Festival’, which brings together artists of various genres in the beautiful Inishowen landscape which has been so inspirational to me, I thought it was the perfect opportunity to revisit some of my favourite work which hasn’t been seen in public for several years and to introduce it to a new audience.”

Jewel Box Festival

The ‘Jewel Box Festival’ is a one-day celebration of music, comedy, art, food and literature which will take place in Moville on Saturday 16 July and capacity is limited to just 300. To reserve places for yourself, family and friends, please email with your name, telephone number and the number of places you require and we will be in touch with further information. Keep up to date with event news at

Rosato’s of Moville wins Traditional Pub Award

Rosato's of Moville

Rosato’s of Moville wins Traditional Pub Award

Eddie Harkin of ‘Rosatos’ in Moville says he’s’absolutely delighted’ following his establishment taking a top national award after being named Ireland’s ‘Best Traditional Pub’ at the National Hospitality Awards hosted in the 4 Seasons Hotel, Dublin on Monday night.

Speaking with the ‘Journal’ yesterday Eddie said it was a ‘massive shock but a lovely surprise’.

He commented:
I got a couple of calls from the organisers suggesting that it would be worth my while to come down but I sort of suggested I wouldn’t be able to make it as it’s a lot of bother going all the way to Dublin for a night out, making alternative staff arrangements and all the time that’s involved. But the fact that they kept coming back to me finally persuaded me to go – and now I’m very glad I did!
Asked why he thought Rosatos had won the award Eddie explained:
This pub is the real deal.It’s and old pub; not a ‘manufactured’ old pub. There is a nice, traditional attitude, we have a great staff, we serve top quality food and the whole package makes for a very good night out.

So how he was be bucking the trend?  Weren’t other pubs going out of business in Inishowen?
Yeah that’s true but it’s the food. I would hate to be running a pub now that didn’t serve food. If you are only serving drink you would be dependent on a good Saturday night and there’s no way one night a week is going to pay the mortgage.

We are in fact the only bar/restaurant left in Moville. I’m not sure that’s a good thing in that another one, particularly during the summer, would help meet the demand that’s clearly here. It would be good for the time in that tourists wouldn’t just leave and head somewhere in search of a meal.

Fortunately, we have got the name for good food and we have a client base that comes from all over the north-west. We are very grateful to our loyal customers and myself and Margaret (Eddie’s wife) are absolutely delighted to win this. It’s a real honour.

This article first appeared in The Derry Journal

Moville Pottery

In business for over 35 years, Moville Pottery is owned & run by Lowry Wasson and Brian Mclaughlin.

They manufacturers of fine thrown stoneware pottery and also stock local crafts from around Inishowen, Yankee Candle, Pilgrim Jewellery, Danish Design Watches, Fred Bennett and many many more.

Bespoke Dinnerware
We have been contracted by the award winning Harry’s Restaurant situated in Bridgend, to supply them with bespoke dinnerware. Harry’s is renowned for using the very best in locally sourced raw materials in the production of their wonderfull food. They have now taken this approach to another level by sourcing the dinnerware locally as well. We have been working with Harry’s manager Donal & his head Chef to produce these specially designed dishes.

In the video (below) you can see how we throw,turn & handle our hand made stoneware mugs. We make these at our pottery, situated in the beautiful Inishowen peninsula, Co. Donegal, Ireland. Visit

Contact Details

Moville Pottery
Co Donegal

T: 00353 74 9382059

Pottery Opening Hours: Monday to Friday 10am-5pm, Saturday 12 noon- 5 pm

Moville Pottery in the News

One of Inishowen’s most famous businesses has been awarded a unique opportunity to promote its shop on an international stage thanks to the City of Culture. Read more

Anchor Arts Moville

Anchor Arts Moville

Artists from across Inishowen have gathered together to promote and support each other. This opening event at our working gallery is themed ‘on the edge‘. Works will consist of a wide range of media across many artistic disciplines including spoken word, music and visual arts.

Anchor Arts Moville
Set on the water’s edge at the Pier in Moville, Anchor Arts provides a collaborative creative space for artists and writers in Inishowen to develop, celebrate and display their talent. With exhibition and studio space, Anchor Arts gives members of the public the chance to meet artists at work during weekday mornings. Anchor Arts also provides opportunities for members of the community and invites them to develop their own creativity through a programme of workshops and to experience a variety of events and performances across cultural forms. Opening times are seasonal. If you would like to visit, call in for a cuppa or for more information,

please contact us in advance on 00353 83 146 4696
or through our website

We look forward to meeting you!

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Moville Donegal

Moville Donegal

Moville Donegal – a set of images on Flickr taken in April 2012 at Moville, Inishowen on the western side of Lough Foyle.

Tip: Use the four arrows button at bottom right of slideshow to view full screen.

Moville Regatta

An annual regatta is held at Moville every year in August, and has done so since early in the 19th century. In older times the one-man punt was popular, whereas nowadays the race of the home-made rafts brings competitors from many counties and large spectator crowds

A whole series of events will take place just off the pier in Moville.The date coincides with the Moville Summer Festival and there is always a big crowd for Moville’s Regatta – which has been running for many a year.

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Ard Foyle, Moville, Muff,
Phone: +353 (0)74 9382497
The Moville Regatta is an event filled activity and fun for everyone. Please telephone for further information.

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