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The Amazing Grace Festival

6th – 11th April 2019, Main Street, Buncrana, Co. Donegal

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The Amazing Grace Festival celebrates the dramatic story of John Newton’s arrival in Buncrana on the shores of Lough Swilly, Co Donegal on 8 April 1748. After a violent storm in the Atlantic Ocean, Newton was literally saved from death as his ship found refuge in Ireland. But this moment also marked the beginning of his spiritual transformation – ‘the hour I first believed’ – that would lead to his life as a clergyman, a prolific hymn writer and mentor to William Wilberforce throughout the long battle to abolish the Trans-Atlantic slave trade.

Amazin Grace-Adam Porter

From heritage tours and peaceful walks to live music and children’s crafts, you can experience all that Inishowen has to offer and be inspired by the story of a man who helped to change history!


Tel: +353 (0)87 795 5401


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  1. Deirdre Grace #

    Am a Grace that lived in Downings for many years and never know the connection. I am delighted to learn and find as much information from this site as I can. I currently live in Boston, Massachusetts. Great job as we are the first city in the USA to abolish slavery and really started the industrial revolution in Lowell MA. Thank you for informing others of this great man and fantastic county!

    July 31, 2014

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