Ramelton Heritage Guided Tours
Welcome to Donegal Heritage Trails, Donegal’s newest historical and heritage tour service. Based in Milford our company offers heritage tours of north west Donegal, in particular walking tours of Rathmullan and Ramelton. Certified Failte Ireland Guide.
When you have completed the Rathmullan Tour you just have to take this Ramelton Tour, its so worth it… Pass onto your friends. A Truly different tour experience… with Deirdra your Fáilte Ireland approved Tour Guide.
Ramelton is an elegant Georgian town in County Donegal – a county that is better known for its natural attractions. The town was built by Sir William Stewart who is also credited with the establishment of a town in Letterkenny. He was granted some 1,000 acres around the area where the River Lennon flows into Lough Swilly, and built the town, between the years 1609 and 1622, where previously an O’Donnell castle had stood, a castle judged to be “the meetest and most commodious in the area”.
Ramelton’s ‘golden era’ was undoubtedly the 18th and early 19th centuries, the Georgian era which gave it its most beautiful and distinctive buildings. This was a very affluent time for some of the leading families of the town, such as the Watts and the Stewarts, and sail ships regularly traded between Ramelton, New York and Kingstown, Jamaica. Flax was grown locally for the then thriving linen industry. This industry was centered on the Tanyard, a structure and site which can still be seen near the bridge at the west end of the Mall.
Ramelton Heritage Guided Tours
Contact Deirdra on 00 353 86 242 1008
Lennon Festival 2012
Sunday 1st July
3.30 pm Leprechaun Hunt (Leprechaun licence to be bought at Gambles Square)
Sponsored by AJ Lockhart & S Crawford Construction.
Singing Pub: O’Shaughnessy’s
Monday 2nd July
7-7.30pm Car Treasure Hunt starting from Market Square
Sponsored by the Silver Tassie Hotel
Tuesday 3rd July
6.00pm Junior Soccer Blitz/Childrens Sports in Swilly Park
8.00pm x Swilly Rovers V’s x Mariners over 40’s at Swilly Park for Purple Cup
Singing Pub : Lennon Lodge
Wednesday 4th July
6.30pm Fun Raft Race Teams of 4, strictly over 18, lifejackets must be worn, oar power only; Rafts must be registered before entry.
Registration takes place at Gambles Square
8.00pm Charity singles open Bowls competition in Makemie Hall contact 9151223
All proceeds in aid of The Alzheimer’s Society
8.30pm Fashion Show in Town Hall
With local Fashion Designer Liam Grier & St Vincent DePaul shop. Liam will show a large and varied collection of beautiful fine knitwear on the night. While under the supervision of Eilish Toland the St Vincent DePaul shop will show a collection of everyday & designer labels. Also Ramelton Youth Project & The Treesome Kids are producing some unusual fashion from everyday items!!
Singing Pub : Conways
Thursday 5th July
11.00am Ramelton Guided Heritage Tour leaving Gambles Square. Lennon Festival 2012
3.00pm Open Table Tennis Tournament in Robinson’s School
(Under 10,13,16 & Seniors)
7.00pm 4km Fun Run/Walk of Ramelton Registration takes place at St Marys National School car park.
8.00pm Charity singles open Bowls competition in Makemie Hall contact 9151223 All proceeds in aid of The Alzheimer’s Society.
8.30pm Queen of the Lennon in the Town Hall With Miss Elegance also on the night! Sponsored by Tom Murray Pharmacy & The Wedding Centre, Letterkenny
Singing Pub : Bridge Bar
Friday 6th July
4.00pm Little Miss Ramelton & Prince Charming in the Town Hall
6.00pm Crab fishing at the quay (children must be accompanied by an adult, string & bait will be provided)
6.30pm Official Reception in Robinson’s School
7.00pm Music at Gambles Square by Chalk & Cheese Sponsored by Kevin Mc Fadden
8.00pm Official opening at Gambles Square by DESSIE GALLAGHER Irish Actor of Stage & Screen
8.00pm Charity singles open Bowls competition in Makemie Hall contact 9151223 All proceeds in aid of The Alzheimer’s Society
10 – 1am SUPPER DANCE in the Town Hall Music by Country Traditions with Waltzing, Jiving competition and Glamorous Granny.
Saturday 7th July
10.00am Country Market in the Town Hall
10.30am Art Competition Draw your masterpiece on the Spot!
& Wildflower Competition (flowers must be in 1lb Jam Jars). In the Community Centre. Paper, crayons etc will be provided.
10.30am Vintage Car Display at Gambles Square
2.30pm CARNIVAL PARADE (TOTAL PRIZE MONEY €400)
4.15pm Childrens Adventure Trail starting at Festival H.Q.
4.30pm Gladiator Challenge on the Bing
5.00pm Live Music by COPPERHEAD Sponsored by Hugo Whoriskey
7.00pm Playstation Challenge
9.30-12pm Two Hand & Ceili dancing music by James Sandlilands in Town Hall
Sunday 8th July
2.00pm Open Tennis Tournament at Tennis Courts
2.00pm Bonny Baby Competition in the Town Hall
1.30pm Ulster Marching Band Competition at Gambles Square
2.30pm Fling on the Bing Teams of 4 (2men & 2women)
4.30pm Horseshoe throwing on the Bing
5.00pm Live Music at Gambles Square featuring Malcolm Fisher, Paul McCahill & Ann McConigley
6.00pm Safety Inspection of vehicles before race at Back Lane. Helmets & Safety gear to be worn, vehicles must have brakes and freewheeling only, strictly over 18. Prizes for best Novelty Cart. (no sharp edges or protruding steel)
6.30pm Wheelie Wacky Waces (soap box derby) at Castle Street
8.30pm Kids Concert in Town Hall. A showcase of our young local talent!
12 noon Children’s Talent Competition in the Town Hall Sponsored by the Ramelton Pantomime Society
3.30pm Pet Show at Gambles Square (All animals must be vaccinated) Sponsored by The Animal Health Centre, Ramelton
5.30pm Children’s Fancy Dress at Gambles Square
6.45pm Adults Adventure Trail starting at Festival H.Q.
7.00pm Orienteering Competition (12-14yrs) (14-16yrs) (16-18yrs)
8.30pm Music at Gambles Square by MARTIN ORR & HONKY TONK HEROES
10.30pm LENNON FESTIVAL CLOSING CEREMONY
AND FINALLY….. ……………. EXTRAVAGANZA!!!
The closing ceremony of the Lennon Festival has taken on a life of its own over the last few years. It begins with the entrance of The Lennon Dragon, with other creatures of the deep blue in attendance, weaving his way along the river to pass major icons of the world lighting up and culminating in a spectacular dazzling display of fireworks beyond the Quay.
Side Events: Best Large Garden, Best Painted New House, Best Painted Old House, Best Kept Area, Best Hanging Baskets, Best Small Garden, Best Window Boxes, Best Kept Business Premises, Best Floral