Festivals & Events

FESTIVALS & EVENTS

Hosting all types of festivals and events, with something to suit every taste.  Allow yourself to be immersed in the energy and excitement and you will be surprised how this little place can hold such a big place in people’s hearts.

CLONMANY FESTIVAL

Hugo Boyce
Tel. +353 (0)86 3427373
www.clonmanyfestival.com

Clonmany Festival is Ireland’s longest running and best known family festival and is situated in the beautiful village of Clonmany in the Inishowen Peninsula. Having celebrated its 50th year recently, this festival is going from strength to strength. This family event is a week of summer fun for all ages beginning on the first Sunday of August each year.
Year after year thousands of holiday makers and locals alike descend to this picturesque village for what is guaranteed to be a week of family fun and activities. Many events such as live music, natural beauty and facilities go hand in hand with the festival. Each night for the entire week Ireland’s top bands perform open air live on stage. During the day there is a wide range of events to keep all the family entertained from cycling events, pet shows to treasure hunts and talent competitions, the festival has something to offer everyone and it is an event which you will find yourself returning to again and again.

SEAMUS GRANT WEEKEND

The Seamus Grant Weekend takes place early October each year celebrating the traditional music of Inishowen. The unique music and repertoire of Seamus Grant is celebrated. The connections with Scotland and the music of Ceili dancing single out this great fiddle player. Offering performances, workshops and sessions, this festival is a friendly family event. Many of the family events take place in the restored Market House with the participation of local schools and young performers.

DISAPPEAR HERE FILM FESTIVAL

Michael McLaughlin
Tel. +353 (0)86 6071424 www.disappearherefilmfest.com

The Disappear Here International Film Festival is a first of its kind in Donegal. Taking place across the last weekend in September each year, it has a packed programme of films for all the family. From short animated films for kids, to scary midnight movies for the young at heart – The Disappear Here Film Festival promises you a weekend of entertainment utterly unmissable and unforgettable. The Festival has a high concentration of shorts but includes an outstanding mix of features and documentaries.

CLONMANY AGRICULTURAL SHOW

Gerald Noone
Tel. +353 (0)86 0808161
clonmanyagrishow@gmail.com

Each August the show attracts thousand of visitors from across Ireland and the UK, from farmers to families young and old. In addition to the agriculture, livestock and sheepdog trials the show has evolved in to a truly family occasion. It now showcases local produce, arts & crafts, fashion, kids entertainment, pet show, horse jumping and showing classes and dancing competitions. This is a fun filled event with lots to do for everyone.

OUR LOCAL TRADITIONAL MUSIC TALENT

One of the most Irish of evening entertainments is the “session”. An informal gathering of amateur musicians in a local pub. Somebody starts beating a rhythm on a bodhran or improvising a tune on a fiddle, somebody joins in with another instrument, suddenly the whole pub is filled with music. You can find this on a regular basis. Check out the local facebook page for events when you are in the area. There is no better way to immerse yourself in the local atmosphere than to spend an evening in one of our local pubs, where you will meet the characters hear the stories and the yarns to be told.

INISHOWEN INTERNATIONAL FOLK SONG & BALLAD SEMINAR

Kevin McGonigle 
Tel. +353 (0)74 9378964
Grace Toland 
Tel. +353 (0)87 2903799
info@inishowensinging.ie
www.inishowensinging.ie

This festival, founded in 1990, celebrates the rich singing tradition of Inishowen and beyond. Taking place in March each year, the event attracts participants and listeners from all corners of the world. Inishowen Traditional Singers’ Circle (ITSC) also organises monthly singing sessions, and in partnership with the Irish Traditional Music Archive (ITMA) in Dublin, hosts the Inishowen Song Project, a unique digital exhibition of local Inishowen songs and singers and Festival performers – www.itma.ie/inishowen. Follow ITSC on Facebook for regular updates on singing sessions & the festival.