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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.

 

Let’s ‘rally’ together for an incredible weekend

With Rally fever well and truly underway in the county, Donegal Joint Policing Committee has teamed up with the Donegal International Rally and Donegal County Council to launch a new initiative urging visitors and locals to ‘rally together’ for an incredible weekend.

“This initiative is all about welcoming rally enthusiasts to Donegal and making sure that the rally can be enjoyed by spectators and locals in a safe and respectful way” says Cllr Gerry McMonagle Chair of the Donegal Joint Policing Committee.

“This rally is unique to Donegal and is the only 3 day tarmac rally in Ireland and the UK.  The rally organisers do a great job year in year out organising this top class event and we in the Joint Policing Committee and Donegal County Council want to lend our support to them by helping to share a few simple messages so that the rally can be thoroughly enjoyed by visitors and locals alike.”

This initiative is about asking spectators to be responsible about their driving, their drinking and their rubbish.

Drive responsibly

Donegal Road Safety Working Group has been to the fore in promoting the Keep the Race in it’s Place road safety message and will be out in full force over the rally weekend.  Drivers are being asked to slow down and to drive with extra care and attention and never ever drive under the influence of drink or drugs.

Large numbers of visitors are expected and traffic will be heavy so motorists are being asked to leave more time for their journeys and to drive with extra care.  Gardaí have confirmed that there will be an increased number of Gardaí on duty over the weekend and that bad driving behaviour will not be tolerated in any way.

Drink responsibly

This initiative is also about highlighting the importance of drinking responsibly.  While the vast majority of rally spectators will be responsible when they are drinking, a small number will not.  All rally spectators who are planning to drink are being asked to know their limits and to plan ahead.

Past experience shows that the majority of incidences of anti-social behaviour during the rally weekend are alcohol related.  Those who plan to have a drink, are being asked to drink responsibly and to be respectful of those around them especially those living in the area.  This is to ensure a safe and respectful environment for visitors and locals alike.

Take your rubbish home

This year’s rally will be taking place in some of the most outstanding scenic areas in the county and those following the rally are being asked to be mindful of leaving litter behind.  It won’t be possible to have bins available in all areas so spectators are being asked to simply take their rubbish home.

Donegal County Councils Litter Management Team will be out and about over the weekend of the rally and if you are caught dropping litter or leaving rubbish behind you could face a substantial on the spot fine of €150.

Cllr. McMonagle added “this initiative is about making sure that the Donegal International Rally is an event to be enjoyed by everyone.  We want our visitors to have a positive and memorable experience of their trip to Donegal while at the same time ensuring a safe environment for both visitors and locals alike”.

Click here for details: donegalgathering.com/june/donegal-international-rally/

 

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The Discover Bundoran Tourism Partnership has launched their new 48 page brochure and event guide for the 2017 season.

The new brochure was launched on Monday 9th January and was the first ever event to be held in the upstairs room of the new Bundoran Community Centre on Main Street (formerly the AIB Bank) and was attended by local community members, elected members of Dail Eireann and Donegal County Council, business people and tourism operators from the seaside town.

Bundoran Tourism Officer Shane Smyth with Discover Bundoran Vice Chairman John O'Connell - pic Oakfield Photography

Bundoran Tourism Officer Shane Smyth with Discover Bundoran Vice Chairman John O’Connell – pic Oakfield Photography

Speaking ahead of the launch, Bundoran Tourism Officer and editor of the brochure Shane Smyth said ‘we are delighted to unveil an even bigger Discover Bundoran brochure for 2017.  This year we have 48 pages and have been working closely with the Magh Ene Historical Society to include a historical trail and also a sculpture trail for visitors to follow. The brochure contains everything you need to know about what to do, where to stay and where to eat in Bundoran as well as a comprehensive business directory and of course the event guide for the year ahead.’

The cover photo of the brochure was provided by Peter Mayne of Peter Mayne Photography and shows his nephew Aaran jumping from the diving boards at Roguey. Shane adds ‘we just fell in love with the photograph as soon as we saw it and knew it was the one we wanted to use on this year’s cover.  It encompasses Bundoran perfectly – a fun family destination!’.

Gaye McGoldrick, Branch Manager, AIB Ballyshannon said “AIB is delighted once again to have the opportunity to sponsor this event and to be associated with the launch of the 2017 Discover Bundoran Brochure. Supporting and working with with local businesses and being part of the local community is an important part of what we do in AIB.”

John O’Connell, Vice Chairman of Discover Bundoran added ‘we are looking forward to another great year for Bundoran in 2017.  There’s a packed calendar of exciting events and so much to offer the visitor from variety of activities, accommodation and places to eat and drink – Bundoran has something for every member of the family.’

The new Discover Bundoran brochure will be available at Bundoran Tourist Office from mid January, online at www.discoverbundoran.com, and also at the Holiday World exhibitions in Belfast and Dublin at the end of the month.

Hi res photos from the launch available for use also – gallery available at http://discoverbundoran.com/2017/01/discover-bundoran-brochure-launch-2017/

 Donegal Tourism YouTube Channel

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