Thursday, 6 October 2016


Seamus Grant Weekend Of Traditional Music & Culture – Inishowen - 14th - 16th October 2016

Location: Inishowen
Tel: 074 9376265 / 0872859287

Seamus Grant Weekend of Traditional Music & Culture – Clonmany 14th - 16th October.

This is a weekend celebrating our heritage, music, genealogy and culture and will be dedicated to the memory of one of our greatest musicians and gentlemen, Seamus Grant of Clonmany. 

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Wednesday, 5 October 2016

Tour Operator FAM Trip to the Peninsula planning for 2017 visitors to our “must see and explore” destination

By Heidi Woods- Tourism Development Officer

Inishowen Tourism welcomed Sligo based tour operator to the Inishowen Peninsula last 
weekend to showcase what is on offer for their visitors from France travelling to Ireland on their holidays. The company were also celebrating 25 years in business selling holidays in Ireland to their small groups and independent travellers from abroad. As the Northwest tourism gains traction in terms of interest from international markets in conjunction with The Wild Atlantic Way concept, there is high demand to offer new packages and Inishowen was chosen as part of their visit as a destination to experience and plan itineraries for 2017.

Inishowen Tourism representatives worked closely with Allain Tours to provide them with ideas for the weekend; suggestions to incorporate all attractions around the Peninsula prior to their visit. The company directors Bernard Eucher-Lahon and Corine Ledanois were travelling with their team and Welcome Packs were distributed to their rooms providing them with essential information on everything we offer here in Inishowen. As the trip was time restricted as to what they would be able to visit or participate in during the weekend this would be beneficial for planning itineraries for their clients in the future. The group based themselves at The Malin Hotel; took part in several activity based pursuits, such as the Inishowen Quad Safari experience and hiking the local terrain. They visited the Doagh Famine Village and stopped to sample Kieran’s award winning seafood chowder at Nancy’s Barn Ballyliffin.

On Sunday they were accompanied on a guided tour from Malin Town heading north via the stunning scenery around Knockameny Bens, then onto Malin Head. The weather was true to form, sunshine and showers for this time of year, but that didn’t deter the team from Sligo; they were thrilled with the walk along the Malin Head Trail bursting with enthusiasm for the breathtaking views on their way to Ireland’s Most Northerly Point.

The group’s last stop before leaving homeward bound was Sunday Lunch at The Seaview Tavern, Malin Head. This was an opportunity to get a little feedback from them in between ordering their meal. Trying not to interrupt their last hour of relaxation spent in Inishowen I requested could they give me a line about what was special, or a highlighted memory from the trip. Someone in the group gave a tagline to capture the essence of the feeling being here and that was it, they all participated writing in my note book their own caption of their individual experience.

 As their tour bus pulled away I read their captions and smiled, how wonderful to see such comments, these are special and they should be shared with the people and place that inspired these; Inishowen; the wildest elements for the warmest experience; Donegal you have captured my heart; Donegal, real wilderness, real craic; Inishowen is like heaven; Donegal: It has it all; Inishowen, just breathtaking; Live the real life in Donegal; Inishowen: A breath of fresh air; Awesome Inishowen; Inishowen, where you can experience all four seasons in one day; Inishowen number 1; A tiny peninsula, full of surprises. The last caption is my favourite because it encapsulates it all; Inishowen is out on its own; Breathtaking scenery, passionate people, a hidden treasure.

As the high season for tourism comes to close, it is time to congratulate all our members and wider community who provide a valuable experience for our visitors whatever they do, it is heart-warming to hear good feedback and we say at Inishowen Tourism “keep doing what you do so well -making Inishowen a truly special place to visit”.     

Monday, 3 October 2016

From Sea to Sky at Greencastle Maritime Museum and Planetarium, Inishowen

Denise Henry, Marketing, Inishowen Tourism

Situated beside a bustling fishing port and harbour at Greencastle, Inishowen, is the Inishowen Maritime Museum and Planetarium, pictured above. Housed in an impressive building, originally the Old Coast Guard Station, are artefacts that tell you the story of Inishowens rich Maritime Heritage. On arrival you will be greeted by the museums helpful and friendly staff, who will provide you with all the direction and information you need for your visit.

Maritime Heritage in Inishowen, Co. Donegal

Entering the main exhibition hall you will be greeted by an eye catching replica of a Basking Shark, pictured above, the largest fish species in the North Atlantic and second largest in the world. These gentle giants have been spotted off the coast of Inishowen by locals and visitors. Progressing through the hall you will encounter an impressive collection of boats and other maritime related artefacts, pictured below. Information panels provide the story and context behind the diverse range of objects on display. 
As you make your way through the exhibition space located on the 1st and 2nd floor you will notice there is a story and artefact to engage with at every corner. Visual aids will bring you back in time, as you learn about the impact of emigration in the area. Letters and personal objects on display are donated from families in the area.
Located on the second floor, pictured above, is a wealth of objects and memorabilia telling the story of events that shaped the lives of those living in Inishowen and neighbouring Derry/Londonderry. You will learn about how fishing and seafaring played an important role in the survival of families in Inishowen over the centuries and the role of local people who served in the Royal Navy and Irish Naval service during WW2.

The Power Of The Sea

The rugged coastline of Inishowen has witnessed a number of shipwrecks over the centuries which include the La Trinada Valancera, an important vessel associated with the Spanish Armada Fleet that sank off the coast of Inishowen in 1588.

The story of the devastating and sometimes ruthless power of the sea is echoed by the Inishowen Maritime Memorial located at the front entrance to the museum. The Memorial pictured above, commemorates all those from the Inishowen Peninsula that lost their lives at sea.

From The Sea To Stars

Maritime Heritage is one dimension of your museum experience as you will have access to an impressive full dome planetarium. On request you can experience one of the museums wonderful shows that caters to all age groups. Learn about Prehistoric Sea Monsters that once roamed our oceans, witness the wonders of our solar system and experience the award winning show "Dynamic Earth", that will bring you face to face with the wonders of our planet. 

The Planetarium, which includes comfortable seating, is a popular venue with visitors, school trips and families. The space is also used to host talks related to astronomy by astronomer Ash Mc Fadden. Greencastle Maritime Museum and Planetarium is open all year round so you will have ample opportunity to come and learn about Inishowens Maritime Heritage and the wonders of our planet and solar system.

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