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Donegal Gathering is a key initiative of the Donegal Diaspora project bringing together young and old, from near and far, for a truly unique experience.

This tourism initiative showcases some of the major cultural events and festivals taking place throughout County Donegal, extending a heartfelt welcome to both native emigrants planning a homecoming holiday, and first-time explorers embarking on a truly unique adventure.

We showcase the best that Donegal has to offer throughout the year.

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Is togra tábhachtach de chuid Dhiaspóra Dhún na nGall é Slógadh Dhún na nGall, ar cuspóir leis an t-óg agus an sean a thabhairt le chéile, ó chian agus ó chóngar, le go mbeadh am ar dóigh acu le chéile.

Tá an togra turasóireachta seo ina ardán poiblíochta ag cuid de na mór-imeachtaí cultúrtha agus féilte cultúrtha a bhíonn ar siúl ar fud Chontae Dhún na nGall, ag cur fáilte ‘na bhaile roimh lucht deoraíochta an chontae agus iad ar ais ar saoire, agus roimh chuairteoirí úra atá ar thóir na heachtraíochta.

Cuirimid rogha agus togha an chontae chun cinn, agus déanaimid poiblíocht, fógraíocht agus margaíocht ar a son.


Professor William C ­Campbell, originally from Ramelton,
and Professor Satoshi Omura were jointly awarded
the Nobel Prize for medicine

Profession Bill Campbell, Ireland's latest Nobel Laureate. Copyrights -

Profession Bill Campbell, Ireland’s latest Nobel Laureate. Copyrights –


Ballyshannon Carnival Parade 2015
Rince, Rince, Linn

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 Donegal Tourism Launches New YouTube Channel
and Promotional Video

Check out this amazing new video from Donegal Tourism promoting Donegal as a spectacular starting point on the Wild Atlantic Way! Go Visit Donegal in the beautiful North West of Ireland, where your Wild Atlantic Way adventure of a lifetime awaits.

Donegal's WAW Video

Donegal’s Wild Atlantic Way. Video © Donegal Tourism Ltd

Gaeltacht arts group An Cosán Glas celebrated
the 20th anniversary of LOINNIR – the outdoor sculpture exhibition.

Nearly 2,000 visitors including tourists and locals enjoyed the cultural and visual beauty of the illuminated sculptures along  Donegal’s coastline looking out to the Atlantic Ocean.

The poor weather didn’t dampen the enthusiasm nor visitors to celebrate the twentieth anniversary.  Clannads Moya Brennan and other local musicians provided entertainment over a magical weekend.

Over 30 illuminated sculptures were dotted along the breathtakingly beautiful sweep of sand and sea that sits between the Derryveagh Mountains and the North Atlantic in Donegal.

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Festivals in County Donegal 2015

Festivals in Donegal 2015

Donegal County Council wins prestigious
Esri Storymaps

Donegal County Council has win the Esri Storymaps accolade for the “The Hills of Donegal” 3D Map at the International User Conference, San Diego.

The Hills of Donegal Story Map 2

Esri revealed the winners of its Storytelling with Maps Contest yesterday at the Esri User Conference, highlighting Donegal County Council’s Story Map – “The Hills of Donegal” by Daragh McDonagh as third place in the Best Travel, Destinations, and Recreation section.

From the iconic quartzite peak of Errigal to the spectacular sea cliffs of Sliabh Liag, Donegal has a wealth of upland areas to explore on foot. Daragh’s map takes the viewer on a 3D tour of the main mountains, with pre-set views from different angles. He even included weather forecast data to add some interactivity to the 3D landscape.

The Story Map encourages you to “pack your bags and lace up your boots after you see the hills of Donegal, Ireland from a whole new 3D perspective” says Esri in their assessment of this entry.

Storytellers from around the world submitted more than 400 entries that covered the full gamut of Esri Story Map templates. Contest judges selected 18 story maps as winners from across the five contest categories.

Submissions were judged on a range of factors. Each selected story map combined design, user experience, impact, and overall creativity with an interesting and engaging story.

All winners will receive a plaque and a certificate in honour of their award-winning story maps.

Brian Boyle, Head of Information Systems with Donegal County Council is delighted with this recognition for the Councils GIS function and in particular for the accolade bestowed on Daragh McDonough saying “Donegal County Council has been to the fore in exploring the potential of GIS as a tool for delivering more effective and efficient public services.  Using GIS and story maps to promote and provide useful information on the county’s unique uplands and mountainous regions gives potential visitors an opportunity to sample the wonderful and exhilarating experience that awaits them on their visit to Donegal”.

Visit to find out more about The Hills of Donegal story map.


Gay Byrne launches New Brochure and App for Donegal Tourism

The launch of a brand new tourism brochure, highlighting all that Donegal has to offer, was launched on Thursday, 12th March 2015 by none other than Mr. Gay Byrne in the magnificent setting of Glenveagh Castle.  > Read More


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