Tuesday, 31 March 2015

Carndonagh Easter Parade: Monday 6th April

CARNDONAGH is getting ready for the return of its Annual Easter Parade. A local committee was recently formed to revive the old tradition in the North Inishowen market town to give people a boost of fun and colour in the recession. This family-friendly event will include a parade, fancy dress and a number of fun activities including Best Easter Bonnet competition.

The event will take place on Easter Monday April 6th 2015 kicking off from Simpson’s car park.
The parade will then proceed to the Diamond, down Bridge Street, onto Church Road and will return to the Diamond via Station Road and Malin Street, before ending at Simpson’s.

There will be prizes for the Best Easter Bonnet, best fancy dress and best floats. Inishowen vintage cars and tractors will also be taking part and entries are invited from far and wide. The Muff Accordion Band and the Inishowen Carnival Group will attend while there will be live entertainment from a gig rig in the Diamond.

Contact: Tel: +353 0 86 8306304


"Ireland's beautiful Lough Swilly was the setting for a dramatic story which changed the life of a foul mouthed slave trader.  John Newton went on to pen one of the most famous and well-loved songs of all time - "Amazing Grace" and to mentor William Wilberforce in his long battle to abolish the Trans-Atlantic Slave Trade."  (www.AmazingGrace.ie 2015)

Wednesday 8 - Sunday 12 April

Celebrate the inspirational story of John Newton, his dramatic arrival in Buncrana on April 8, 1748 and the lasting impact of his life and work. The third-annual “Amazing Grace Festival” features fun and uplifting events for all ages including history, music, dance, arts and crafts, exhibitions, family fun, faith stories, and much more. This year we explore the theme of “transformation” looking at how John Newton’s life was changed forever and seeing how our lives and communities can be transformed for good!

Wednesday 8 April

8.30pm @ The Fishing Greens, Cahir O’Doherty Avenue, Buncrana (just above the Amazing Grace Viewing Point) Join us for this high-energy family show featuring live music and dance culminating in a spectacular display of fireworks over Lough Swilly. Entry €2 per person at road barriers. Under 2s go free.

Thursday 9 April

11am - 3pm @ The Exchange, Castle Avenue, Buncrana. Don’t just sing in the shower! Work with professional musicians and singers to develop your talents through voice coaching, exercises, harmonies and more. With the option of performing solo or as a group at the Festival Finale on Sunday. Ages: 10 - 14.  €2 per person. Bring your own packed lunch.

Irish Food Guide Blog: Major Food Tourism Workshop in Donegal Town - Free Registration

"Let's Talk Food on the Wild Atlantic Way is a workshop on how Food Tourism can enhance your marketing and drive sales to your business." Click on link below!!

Irish Food Guide Blog: Major Food Tourism Workshop in Donegal Town - Free Registration

Thursday, 26 March 2015

“Walk this Way” in Inishowen

In her weekly tourism column in the Inish Times Heidi Woods of Inishowen Tourism talks about 'self-guided walks' within the Inishowen Peninsula.

Spring is in the air! By day the sun is shining, by night again recently, the skies are illuminated with the arc of Northern Lights; there is no better time to walk this way. The Inishowen Peninsula beckons the avid explorer, or the gentle dreamer alike; immerse in an experience of discovery and indulge in the unspoilt beauty of nature’s best. One discerning visitor recently stated “just go before everyone else discovers its hidden charm, be the first on this part of “The Wild Atlantic Way”. It is in this vain that we recall some of the “best experiences” that Inishowen has to offer; by referring to the visitor’s perspective. To really experience Inishowen you need to feel it – its land, its rain, it’s bursting rays of sunlight that change in a heartbeat, and most of all, its ability to permeate to the core of your entire being.

Inishowen” should not be rushed, and exploring it with a combination of driving, walking, cycling, climbing, and horseback riding. It offers the individual a variety of ways to experience the opportunity to meet the locals, listen to the legends of a past where residents revere there ancient heritage, and still adhere to their familiar traditions of their ancestors.

Choosing the Inishowen Peninsula as a starting point in the Northwest, the journey of a lifetime unfolds. Buncrana, the principal town of Inishowen is a seaside resort with (3miles) 5km of sandy beach. Overlooking the Crana River is the ruins of Buncrana Castle. Three walks were reviewed by people of differing capabilities, what suits one visitor may not another, hence, the grading provides a guide for the serious mountain-hiker, or gentle stroller just going for some fresh air, taking in stunning scenery.

Buncrana Coastal Walk: Start: Buncrana 2.3 km (one way)/ Grade: Easy
Urris Lakes Loop: Start : Lenankeel near Lenan Beach 7km Looped Trail/ Grade: Hard
Inishowen Head Loop: Start: Stroove 8km Looped Trail/ Grade: Moderate

Wednesday, 25 March 2015

Thank You for Helping Make Donegal Green!!!

Thank You for Helping Make Donegal
the Greenest County in Ireland
for St. Patrick’s Day 2015

Donegal Tourism Ltd in association with Donegal County Council would like to thank everyone who took part in the 'greening' of County Donegal for St. Patrick's Day 2015. The response from community groups, local businesses and everyone in County Donegal was very positive with over 45 locations across County Donegal going green. Congratulations to everyone who got involved and helped green County Donegal.

With both online and offline media coverage of the greening, Donegal has received additional marketing exposure around the world via social media networks, e-mail campaigns and various websites along with print media. Initiatives such as the greening campaign for St. Patrick's Day help to increase awareness of the wonderful County Donegal on the Wild Atlantic Way, increasing future visitor numbers and creating economic growth. We look forward to the season ahead and look forward to greening Donegal again next year for St. Patrick's Day!

The following video shows photos that were sent to greeningdonegal@gmail.com of the various locations across the County. Please share the video on social media networks. See below YouTube video.

Donegal County Council also created a map of Donegal showing the greening locations across the county. The map technology used allowed for locations that were hash tagged online to appear automatically on the map. Click on the button below to view the map...

View Greening Map

Please note: While every effort has been made to include every location, if your 'greened' location is not listed on the map or video, please e-mail the details including photos to greeningdonegal@gmail.com and we can arrange to include it as soon as possible.

Tuesday, 24 March 2015

Bundoran to Malin Head and Fanad Head on the Wild Atlantic Way

Over at Discover Bundoran there are two great articles in relation to Fanad Head and Malin Head. Shane Smyth describes his experiences of taking two road trips from Bundoran using the Wild Atlantic Way route. He provides valuable insights and photos (do check out his images of both routes!!)of both his day trips which others will no doubt find informative and inspiring. Do check out his blog segments on Malin Head and Fanad Head as they are Signature Points 1 and 2 respectively on the Wild Atlantic Way route and do feel free to share Shane's' experiences with others. 

Congratulations to The Glen House Country Accommodation & Tearoom

Congratulations to The Glen House Country Accommodation & RoseTearoom on their recent feature in John & SallyMcKennas' Guides Top 100 Places To Stay In Ireland!!!  Don't forget to check them out on their website and Facebook page for more information.

Lough Foyle Ferry operating daily sailings from March 27th 2015

The Foyle Ferry has ceased operating for the 2015 period. 

Wednesday, 18 March 2015

Saint Patrick's night Aurora Borealis!!!

The Sky over Ballyliffin was illuminated by the Northern Lights on St. Patrick's night. It was an amazing display so check out some of the photo's below - Thanks to Brendan Diver for posting them on Photos From Ireland Facebook page!!

The Northern lights taken over Ballyliffin, in Clonmany, Inishowen, Co. Donegal. 

Friday, 13 March 2015

Malin Head is going "green"!!!

Malin head's if not Donegal's most iconic building will turn green next Monday and Tuesday evening's.(Dark to 10pm) Preparation is now complete. Come get your photo to share world wide from Ireland's most northerly point on St Patrick's Day . Check out our Facebook page for more information!

Wednesday, 11 March 2015

An Grianan Hotel and Old Church Visitor Centre are going ‘Green’

For those travelling on the main N13 route between Letterkenny and Derry will notice during the lead up to St. Patrick Day that both An Grianan Hotel and the Old Church Visitor Centre are going “green”. Pop in after 7pm!! Also please check out their Facebook for more information.

Tuesday, 10 March 2015

Are you going Green for St. Patrick’s Day 2015

At present there is a major drive to make ‘Donegal the Greenest County in Ireland for St. Patrick’s Day 2015’ - see below for more information!!!!

Let’s Make Donegal the Greenest County in Ireland
for St. Patrick’s Day 2015

Donegal Tourism Ltd in association with Donegal County Council would like to encourage everyone to help make ‘Donegal the Greenest County in Ireland for St. Patrick’s Day 2015’. This year we want to put Donegal firmly on the map when it comes to St. Patrick’s Day Greening!

We would encourage everyone in Donegal to come together to green local landmarks, attractions, heritage sites and any other places or buildings that would look great in green! By working together we can make Donegal the Greenest County in Ireland for 2015. The benefits of which are far reaching and will positively impact on visitor numbers in the future.

What to do when you go 'green'!
  • Once you have arranged a 'greening' please e-mail the details to greeningdonegal@gmail.com along with the location of the attraction, a brief description and your contact details including a web address to direct online visitors.
  • The photo will be shared across websites and social networks for Govisitdonegal.com, donegalgathering.com, MalinWaters.com, Donegaldiaspora.ie, Donegalcoco.ie among others.
  • The photo will be included and circulated on all e-mail marketing campaigns including links back to your website and social media channels.
  • The photo will be sent to Tourism Ireland for further extensive marketing coverage and to other marketing contacts.
  • Your greening initiative will be included in local and national media campaigns both online and offline. This is a great way to showcase Donegal to the world!

Go Green, Get Involved!

If you are interested in going green for St. Patrick's Day or have plans in place to go green please e-mail greeningdonegal@gmail.com with details or click on the link below to complete our survey if you have not already done so.