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DONEGAL FESTIVALS 2017



Renowned for its tranquillity and beauty, County Donegal is home to a vibrant repertoire of festivals and events staged throughout the year. No matter which part of this stunning county you intend to visit, you will receive a warm welcome from local communities who play an integral part in the organisation and providing entertainment at Donegal Festivals. From Seafood Festivals to the celebration of traditional Irish music, Donegal certainly serves an eclectic line-up of festivals that draw in thousands of visitors from other parts of Ireland and beyond each year.

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If your passion is food and savouring the culinary delicacies of Donegal, you will not be disappointed with the range of annual Donegal Festivals that cater for discerning palettes. Around Donegal’s rugged coastline, the area’s seafood and produce is celebrated con gusto with an endless array of annual food festivals akin to the fresh seafood caught offshore. Killybegs Seafood Festival is fine example where you can indulge in a gastronomic feast of fresh fish, oysters and shellfish culminating each year with the Grande Finale Seafood Banquet, guaranteeing to titillate your taste buds accompanied with first-class entertainment. The Dunfanaghy Seafood Festival in North West Donegal is of equal standing where you can take part in a colourful fiesta of fireworks, street theatre and live music adding a cultural flavour to this enchanting Seafood Festival. Enjoy and sample smoked and barbecued fish and learn some culinary skills by watching the various demonstrations programmed at both festivals.

Why not capture the essence of the very best of traditional Irish Music at Ireland’s longes established folk music festival, The Ballyshannon Music Festival held annually at the beginning of August. Since its inception in 1977, the festival has metamorphosed into one of the most significant folk music festivals in the international arena and each year, never fails to attract household names of Irish Music such as Mary Black, Clannad, Altan and Christy Moore who have enchanted audiences from Donegal and beyond. Performances range from open-air concerts to impromptu sessions staged at various venues and pubs throughout the charming town of Ballyshannon in Donegal’s South West. In spite of its rural and desolate landscapes, Donegal never fails to inspire traditional music enthusiasts with its endless array of music festivals that cover the whole spectrum. From the highly acclaimed peformances Rory Gallagher International Tribute Festival to the competitive aspect of The Mary from Dungloe International Festival, you are guaranteed to receive a memorable and enriching experience of Donegal’s effervescent culture and music scene.

Attending one of the many festivals that this great European capital guarantees to take captivate you in all senses, through its cultural feast of traditional music, striking visual arts, street theatre and carnivals that are an inherent part of Donegal life.