The Food Coast – Growing the Food Sector in Donegal

Donegal is steeped in talent within the food sector and it has the added benefit of being home to some of the best produce the country has to offer. And it’s about time we took advantage.


(Eve-Anne Mc Carron (Front right) at the Taste for Donegal food festival, which is now regarded as one of the leading shows in the country.)

Eve – Anne Mc Carron Business executive in the Local Enterprise Office is one of the many people working on the food coast initiative establishing Donegal as a ‘food county’. She urges new and existing food businesses to take advantage of the growing industry and show off our county as a place with a vibrant food culture and food economy.

The Food Coast – Donegal’s Good Food Initiative was launched in July 2012 and is going from strength to strength. Eve-Anne explains how the food sector is playing a big part in putting Donegal on the map.

“The food sector in Ireland has enjoyed growth despite the recessionary environment, this is demonstrated especially when we look at the trend in export growth, which reached almost €10bn in 2013, having grown for four consecutive years.”

Minister for Agriculture, food & the Marine, Simon Coveney, TD said

“Significant growth in 2013 has bought export values in Irish Food and Drink sector to record levels. This leading performance in what was a challenging year for the industry, highlights the key role for agri-food, Irelands largest indigenous sector, in underpinning exports and economic activity” (Bord Bia, Jan 2014)

Opening a new business can be a daunting task for young and old alike but just how open is the market for specialised food sectors?

“Consumers are now more discerning and aware about food and its source. There is an appetite both locally and internationally for new, authentic, quality food products which are linked to their source and Donegal is loved globally so as soon as people realise were its from they snap it up. This is especially true for people who have emigrated and just want that taste of home,” says Eve-Anne.

“The fact that food is a sector which is performing so strongly for Ireland and given the natural resources of Donegal and our extensive coast line, the food sector holds potential and opportunity both at a local level in and international level for those that want to develop a product which is unique, such as small artisan producers. Irish cheese has become big talk at national level as Bord Bia is focusing upon marketing it to new markets.

“Its really all about showing of Donegals Talent and we can do this through a selection of food festivals such as a taste of Donegal food festival which is now regarded as one of the leading shows in the Country and this year there was a new food festival with the Home Grown Food Festival which took place in Letterkenny.

“The growth of Food Festivals and food markets shows that people are interested and it’s a case of producers understanding the market, consumer and what they can produce to add value and create a space in this growing sector. So if anyone is thinking of setting up a food business, or is an established food business in the county and would like to learn more about how the Donegal Food Strategy relates to them and their business, please contact Eve – Anne at

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Donegal Sports Star July Review

Donegal GAA delivers dream July double

donegal-usfc-final-2014The July Donegal Sports Star review highlights some fine successes for the county during the month including the historic double achieved by the GAA senior and minor teams managed by Jim McGuinness and Declan Bonner; the Canadian bronze medals won by Chloe and Sam Magee; Jason Quigley’s first professional boxing victory; young Jack Duffy’s fine finish at the US Kids World Golf Championships while in athletics Mark English, Karl Griffin, Kelly McGroary and the Kelly brothers John and James were among gold medals at the national finals.

A number of these individual and team successes in July will be expected to feature in the nominations for the 39th Donegal Sports Star Awards at the end of the year. Sunday 20th July will go down in the annals of Donegal GAA history as both the Seniors and Minors won Ulster Championship titles on the same day for the first time ever. Jim McGuinness’s seniors regained the provincial crown defeating reigning champions Monaghan to take the title for the third time in four years. Declan Bonner’s minors won their first Ulster title in eight years at Clones.

July was a massive month for Tirconaill AC’s Karl Griffin as the UCD student won the Irish 800m Junior Final in Cork and afterwards was selected to be part of the nine person Irish team to take part in the World Junior Championships in Eugene, Oregon.

A former Donegal Sports Star ‘Best Secondary Schoolboy’ Award winner, Griffin made a fine start in Oregan reaching the semi-finals of the 800 metres by finishing second in his heat in a time of 1:50.69. However, Karl could only manage fourth in the semi-final in a time of 1.49.97 ending his hopes of a medal at the games. At the beginning of the month Mark English set a new Donegal record of 46.56 for the 400 metres at an international meeting on the Mary Peters Track in Belfast. English followed that up by winning the Irish 800 metres title at the National Championships in Santry in a time of 1.49.

It was a winning start for the reigning ‘Overall Donegal Sports Star Award’ holder Jason Quigley in his first professional bout as the Finn Valley BC man stopped Howard Reece from Florida after just 81 seconds of a scheduled four-round middleweight bout at the MGM Grand Arena in Las Vegas. Sam and Chloe won Mixed Doubles bronze medals after exiting at the semi-final stage of the Canada Badminton Grand Prix. The Magees were then defeated at the quarter-final stage of the US Open by the number one seeds from Thailand.

However, Chloe Magee and her brothers Sam and Joshua went onto help Ireland to a 4-1 victory over Canada at the Irish National Training Centre. Chloe won her singles contest and also partnered Sam to a mixed doubles success. Sam and Joshua took victory in their men’s doubles game.

13-year-old Jack Duffy, a member of Buncrana Golf Club finished tied 21st out of a field of 148 competitors in the US Kids World Championship Pinehurst, US. Trentagh jockey Martin Harley rode winners in three successive races at a meeting in Leicester aboard Speedy Move, Sleep Walk and Daisy Boy.

The Kelly brothers from St. Johnston were in fine form in July starting with the

All-Ireland Juvenile Track & Field Championships in Tullamore where James threw 51.67m for gold and a new championship record in the U-15 Boys Shot Putt. He also had a throw of 37.72m to win the Javelin while he was also third in the discus. John Kelly threw a personal best of 42.27m to take gold in the Boys U-19 Shot Putt.

John Kelly was also a bronze medalist in the senior championship at Santry with a 15.27m throw in the Shot Putt. The Finn Valley AC brothers both set new Championship Best Performances in the Shot Putt at the Juvenile Track & Field Championships in Tullamore. John won the U-19 title with a throw of 16.95m while James took gold at U-15 with a 17.88m throw.

Tirconaill AC’s U-19 Girls 4×100 metre relay team set a new record in winning the Championship of Ireland in Tullamore. The team included Kate McGowan, Kelly McGrory, Eva McMullan and Emma Brady. Kate McGowan and Kelly McGrory finished first and second respectively in the Irish 400m Junior Final in Cork. Kelly McGrory also took gold in the U-19 Girls 400m Hurdles clocking 65.92 at the Juvenile Track & Field Championships in Tullamore.

There were silver medals for the Finn Valley U-13 Girls in Tullamore and there was bronze for the Boys U16s at the same championships. The Letterkenny AC’s Boys U-13 won a bronze medal in Tullamore. Lifford AC’s Conor McGinley finished second in the 800m Boys U-15 race at an international meeting on the Mary Peters Track in Belfast. There was triple success for the McGuigan brothers and Finn Valley at the Irish U-20/23 Championships in Cork. Dempsey won the U-23 Hammer; Fellan took the U-20 Hammer and Dalton was a bronze medalist in the U-20 Steeplechase.

FV’s Ciaran Dolan won the U-23 Long Jump while club mate James Speight took gold in the U-23 Steeplechase. Blathnaid Patton won bronze in the Triple Jump. Mexican Juan Luis Barrios became the first athlete to break the four minute mark for the mile in Donegal when he ran 3:59:33 at an international athletics meeting at the Aura’s Danny McDaid Track.

Shannon Craig won silver in the U-16 Girls High Jump at the All-Ireland Juvenile Track & Field Championships in Tullamore. The Lifford AC member cleared 1.55m on her first attempt to take second place. At the same championships Finn Valley claimed another gold though Sommer Lecky while Dylan Kearns, Ian Brennan and Lecky were silver medal winners. There were bronze medals for Naimh McGranaghan and Cate Smyth.

Sommer Lecky won the Girls U-15 Long Jump with a leap of 5.48m. She also took silver in the Jump clearing the 1.60m mark. Dylan Kearns was second in the U-16 Boys Javelin with a throw of 45.92m. There was silver in the Triple Jump for Ian Brennan after clearing 12.94m. Naomi McGranaghan cleared the 30 metre mark to take bronze in the U-16 Girls Javelin. Cate Smyth was a bronze medal winner in the U-13 Girls 60m Hurdles.

Also at the championships in Tullamore there was success for Tirconaill AC as Caolan O’Callghan finished third in the U-18 Boys Triple Jump; Diarmaid O’Donnell took bronze in the Boys U-12 Shot Putt and Katie Hoad was second in the Girls U-18 Pole Vault.


In the middle of the month Lifford AC’s Anne-Marie McGlynn took bronze in the 5k at the National Championships in Santry in a time of 16.22.88 while there was silver for Finn Valley’s Dempsey McGuigan in the Hammer with a best throw of 64.47 metres. His club mate Tori Penna also took silver in the High Jump with a best of 4.20m. Tirconaill AC’s Geraldine Stewart took bronze in the Shot Putt also with a throw of 13.10m.

At the Juvenile Track & Field Championships in Tullamore Aaron McGlynn won the U-15 Boys 800m Final in a time of 1:59:12. There were also medals for Lifford ACs Brendan O’Donnell (gold in U16 Boys Hammer); Tom Mullen (silver in U15 Boys 200m Hurdles); Alan McGinley (silver in U16 Boys 250m Hurdles) and Niall Quinn (bronze in U14 Boys 800m).

There was big disappointment for Labhaoise Clarke when the Carndonagh BC fighter had to withdraw from the Irish squad for the European Women’s Youth and Junior Championships in Italy after picking up an injury. On the last Friday of the month Brett McGinty from St. Johnston won his sixth national boxing title by overcoming Kevin Kehoe in the 70kgs Final at the Senior Cadets Championships at the National Stadium.  On the bike there was a great for weekend for the Errigal Club as three of their young members won gold medals at the National Youth Track Championships.

Ciara Doogan won three gold; Conor Halvey took two golds and a silver in the U14 age group and there was also a gold and two silvers for Amanda Gallagher in the U12 category.

And at the end of July, Halvey retained his Ulster Road Race Championship title along with winning the Time Trial in Coalisland. In Equestrian Ramelton’s Ross Trearty qualified for the European Pony Championship and the Dublin Horse Show on Ballylinn Champ. In Gaelic Games Robert Emmetts defeated Letterkenny Gaels 5-6 to 3-9 to win the County U-14 Division 2 Championship Final at the O’Donnell Park. And in the Division 1 Final at the same venue McCumhaills took the honours with 7-7 to 2-7 victory over Naomh Conaill.

The multi talented Donegal Finesse Gymnastics Club represented Ireland at the Festival Del Sole Italy while Fahan’s Richie Fearon won the Round Ireland Yacht Race title as a crew member of the winning ‘Tanit’ boat in Wicklow.

Former Bonagee Utd and St. Eunan’s College player Ryan Rainey signed his first professional contract with Wolverhampton Wanderers. The deal will keep the youngster at Molineaux for two more years.

Barry McNamee scored his first European goal as Derry City recorded a 4-0 first round first leg win over Welsh side Aberystwyth Town at the Brandywell. A week later McNamee was on the mark again in the second leg in Wales as the Candystripes won 5-0. However, Derry were well beaten in the next round going down 6-1 on aggregate to Shakhytor Soligorsk of Belarus.

Finn Harps drew three times in July as Ollie Horgan’s hopes of edging closer to the promotion play-off place faded badly. There were two 0-0 results both at home against Cobh Ramblers and Galway Utd followed by a 1-1 draw against promotion chasers Shelbourne at Tolka Park after taking the lead through Sean McCarron.

A 43rd minute Kyle Black goal was enough for Swilly Rovers to defeat pre-match favourites Letterkenny Rovers to retain the Knockalla Caravans Cup Final at Bonagee. Greencastle’s Roma McLaughlin was a member of the Republic of Ireland U-19 squad who had a 1-0 win over Spain and a 2-1 victory over England to top Group B in the UEFA Championship Finals in Oslo.

The Irish qualified for the semi-finals with a 2-1 win over Sweden in Norway. 16-year-old McLaughlin who was the youngest player at the tournament was an unused sub in all the games. But there was to be disappointment for the Greencastle girl as the Irish were beaten 4-0 by the Netherlands in the semi-final after a brilliant run in the tournament.

The Donegal U-13 Girls side won the Foyle Cup with a 2-0 victory over Inishowen thanks to goals from Catherine Grier and Amy Boyle Carr. Four other Donegal sides also picked up titles at the Foyle Cup at Boys U11, U12 and U13 along with the Greencastle U-13 Girls.  At the end of the month Kyle-Callan McFadden made his first team debut for Norwich City in a pre-season 5-1 friendly victory over OGC Nice at Carrow Road. The 19-year-old Ramelton man, who is a former Donegal Sports Star Soccer Award winner, came for the last 11 minutes of the game.

The Power of Mapping – What is GIS?

A GIS, Geographic Information System is a computer system designed to capture, store, manipulate, analyze, manage, and present all types of geographical data.

For anyone who found that just a little bit confusing don’t give up reading just yet, as Daragh Mc Donough an expert (15 years to be exact) in GIS sheds a little light on the computer system that benefits organizations of all sizes and in almost every industry.

Daragh Mc Donough

(Daragh Mc Donough working on a Geographic Information System (GIS) Which is used in a range of departments within Donegal County Council.)

“Everybody is familiar with Google maps for example. We are used to switching between maps and aerial imagery. We query the maps to find directions for driving. We click on map pins to find out more information about points of interest. We view the maps in 3D. That’s GIS.”

“With GIS technology, people can compare the locations of different things in order to discover how they relate to each other. For example, using GIS, the same map could include sites that potentially could pollute, and sites that are sensitive to pollution, such as wetlands. Such a map would help people determine which wetlands are most at risk.

“GIS enables you to better plan and manage the information around you – being able to switch different layers of data on and off and see how it relates to the question in hand is a very powerful tool” says Daragh. “The final printed map tells the story that is then interpreted.  This level of quantitative analysis could not have been done 20 years ago when geographical information was being penned on paper maps. 17 years ago Donegal County Council piloted the first major GIS project in Local Government changing the whole way of capturing planning application data. A change from paper based files to databases and GIS.”

“Originally a planning application would have been drawn onto a paper six-inch map, probably using a Rotring ink pen, and the planning number written on the maps beside. This was a very precise cartographic skill which required a steady hand and an artistic creativity. Nowadays the planning application boundary is digitized onto a digital map within the GIS, and the planning number references all the attribute data about the planning application: year, application date, name, conditions etc.”

 “So now with GIS not only can we produce a general map of all the planning applications similar to the old hand drawn maps, but we can produce a map of all granted applications, from a certain year, in a particular Electoral Area. All by a few clicks of a mouse. That’s pretty impressive”, laughed Daragh.

What does the Council use GIS for?

 “GIS is a very graphical way of presenting useful and relevant data. Last winter for instance we were able to provide a webmap of the gritting routes to which we added which specific routes were to be gritted each night as they changed. This is ‘live’ data represented on a map. We also mapped hourly weather forecasts, temperatures, wind speeds/directions, traffic cameras which provides the public with as much information as possible for them to make a decision about making a journey on the roads during possible inclement weather conditions.”

“Not only does the council use GIS for internal use like planning application management & road network management, we also use web based GIS systems to provide geographical information to the public. Our mapping portal is a link to huge array of different maps. Here you’ll find Tourism maps, Culture maps, Council maps and Investment maps. This public resource is continually updated with new maps and applications. We try to make as many maps as possible available so the public has them at the touch of a button.”

So there you have it GIS technology makes updating maps much easier, helps us decide were is the best place to build a house and can even help a police department study changes in crime data to help determine where to assign officers.

Which begs the question is there no limit to the kind of information that can be analyzed using GIS technology?

Facts on Mapping Systems

  • The Roads department in Donegal County Council use GIS to map the road network, the conditions, and signage and maintenance schedules.
  • The Planning department use GIS to map all planning applications and to compare them with other datasets that might affect the planning decision such as is the application within a certain distance of a National Monument.
  • County Donegal has a rich history of mapping dating back to 1824 where the Ordnance Survey started the first full country survey at the detailed scale of six inch to 1 mile.
  • With GIS technology, researchers can look at change over time
  • In 1957 the Ordnance Survey of Ireland and Ordnance Survey northern Ireland built a new tidal station at Malin Head. Based on the geodetic levelling programme carried out all small scale mapping on the Island of Ireland and large scale mapping in the Republic of Ireland is related to Mean Sea Level at Malin.
  • For a huge array of different maps go to


Bundoran Time Capsule to be sealed this weekend

shane time capsule

(Shane Smyth with the Time Capsule that will be sealed this weekend)

As part of Bundoran Heritage Weekend and the 100 Years of Democracy exhibition, a time capsule will be sealed this Saturday (23rd August 2014) at Bundoran Community Library.

The idea of the time capsule has been in the works for some time now as part of the project conceived by Magh Ene Historical Society, Bundoran Community Library and Discover Bundoran and it was decided that the most appropriate time to seal it would be over the heritage weekend celebrations.

Jill Doherty of Bundoran Community Library said ‘while the idea of a time capsule is not something new, it is new for us – so much has happened in Bundoran already in 2014 and we want to use the Time Capsule to capture the Bundoran of 2014 by way of photographs, videos, documents and other items relevant to the town.  It will remain on view in the library for 25 years and be opened on August 23rd2039.

The ceremony will take place at 12 midday on Saturday 23rd August in Bundoran Community Library with items for inclusion in the Time Capsule to be presented by various members of the community.  Items for the capsule will include a jar of sand from Bundoran beach, photo books of Bundoran compiled by the Northwest Photographic Club, submissions from St Macartan’s National School, DVDs, Newspapers and more.  All are welcome to attend the ceremony and more details about the time capsule and its contents can be found

Preparations On The Home Straight For This Sunday’s Donegal Marathon


Organisers are hoping the Donegal marathon will get big numbers.

This Sunday sees the first competitive marathon to be staged in Donegal in over thirty years.

The committee are delighted with the response of the public to this sporting initiative, which will see the event field a far greater number of participants than the initial target figure.

Committee member Brendan McDaid stated, “It’s been really great to see this event gather momentum throughout the preparatory process, and we are delighted to announce that numbers have now exceeded 650 participants when we set ourselves a goal of 500. When you look at the achievements of our Donegal athletes in the recent European Championships, and couple that with the enthusiasm shown towards the Donegal Marathon, it gives you a perspective of just how healthy the interest in running is in this county”.

Gardai and race marshals will be working together to ensure the safe passage of participants through the town for the initial loop of Letterkenny. Traffic delays will be kept to a minimum where possible but diversions will be put in place to accommodate the runners between 10am and 11am while runners cross the town.

We expect runners to be cleared from the Town by 11.15 am approximately so all internal routes in the town should return to normal thereafter.

There will also be traffic management in place at Oldtown Bridge until we clear the runners and traffic will be diverted via the Leck Road.

The other main route is the Newmills road where residents will be encouraged to use a circular route to access town, turning out left and crossing at Newmills or Rashedog as opposed to driving back into Oldtown area to meet runners. We will have marshalls on this route as well as race in progress signs.

Competitors can register on either Saturday afternoon or on the morning of the event. Registration is between 12 pm and 6pm on Saturday or alternatively Sunday morning in Aura Leisure Centre, Letterkenny before the race starts.

However, it is advisable that all competitors register well before the starting gun to give themselves plenty of time to prepare mentally and physically. There has also been a great response to the committee’s call for volunteers for the day and it is hoped that the people of Donegal will turn out in great numbers to support all the participants.

Road closures will be in place for the event and once again, the committee wishes to acknowledge the support of the public and apologise for any inconvenience caused by the measures.

The committee would also like to stress that this is a community event that wishes to engage as many of the people of Donegal as possible. In addition to the marathon, the Aura Leisure Centre will play host to a free Family Fun day, which is being organised as part of the One Donegal Programme, which will take place between 12 noon and 4pm on the same day.

Entertainment will include Bazooka Dave; Happy Phil; The Evil Minion & the Minions’ Motorised Car; Circus Stilt Walking/Juggling; Balloon Artistry; Magic Show; Fire Eating; Uni-cycling and Penny Farthing. There will also be Madagascar themed entertainment in the form of Marty the Dancing Zebra; Alex the Friendly Lion; Melman the Hypochondriac Giraffe; and Clown Jeca.

If that is not enough, there will also be a Bouncy Slide, Bouncy Obstacle Course, two Bouncy Castles and a DJ belting out all your favourite hits to keep the party in full flow as we cheer home our marathon competitors. Yes folks, Sunday 24th August is a day not to be missed in Letterkenny. For further information go to

Seachtain na hOidhreachta – ceiliúradh ar ár stair, ár gcultúr agus ár nádúr

Tá roinnt imeachtaí áitiúla á mbeartú i nDún na nGall an mhí seo agus muid ag déanamh réidh fá choinne Sheachtain Náisiúnta na hOidhreachta. Is é atá i Seachtain Náisiúnta na hOidhreachta ceiliúradh ar ár stair, ár gcultúr agus ár nádúr, agus san am céanna an gá atá le caomhnú ár n-oidhreachta áitiúla a chur chun cinn.

Labhraíonn Seosamh Ó Gallchóir, Oifigeach Oidhreachta le Comhairle Contae Dhún na nGall, faoin ghá atá lenár n-oidhreacht áitiúil a cheiliúradh agus faoin réimse leathan imeachtaí atá ar siúl le linn Sheachtain na hOidhreachta, a thosófar ar an 23 Lúnasa.

Launch of the County Donegal 'Heritage Week' Event Guide in the Donegal County Museum. From left to right Dinny McGinley T.D, Joseph Gallagher and Cllr. Ian Mc Garvey.

Clár Imeachtaí Sheachtain Oidhreachta Chontae Dhún na nGall á sheoladh in Iarsmalann an Chontae, Leitir Ceanainn. Ó chlé, Seosamh Ó Gallchóir, Joe McHugh T.D. agus An Clr John Campbell.

“Ba chóir do dhaoine freastal ar imeachtaí le linn Seachtain na hOidhreachta le sult a bhaint as ár n-oidhreacht chultúrtha, thógtha agus nádúrtha agus le í a cheiliúradh. Tá chóir a bheith 100 imeacht ar siúl mar chuid de Sheachtain na hOidhreachta i gContae Dhún na nGall, ar a n-áirítear laethanta oscailte teaghlaigh, siúlóidí treoraithe, tithe oscailte atá mar chuid dár n-oidhreacht thógtha, cuairteanna ar shuíomhanna oidhreachta, turais allamuigh, taispeántais, toirbhirtí léirithe, comórtais ghrianghrafadóireachta, gníomhaíochtaí do pháistí, ceol traidisiúnta, aontaí ceardaíochta agus taispeántais ar scileanna traidisiúnta agus go leor leor eile” a dúirt Seosamh

Tá rud éigin ann do gach duine!

“Is cuma fá d’aois, spéiseanna agus cumas, tá imeachtaí oidhreachta ann le do shuim a mhúscailt, tú a spreagadh agus tú a chur ag smaoineamh. Déanta na fírinne, roghnaíodh téama na bliana seo le haghaidh Sheachtain Náisiúnta na hOidhreachta, mar atá ‘Na Glúnta ag Fáil Amach fánár nOidhreacht le Chéile’, de bharr gurb í seo cothrom 20 bliain de Bhliain Idirnáisiúnta an Teaghlaigh. Is deis iontach í Seachtain Náisiúnta na hOidhreachta do theaghlaigh teacht le chéile agus eolas a chur ar a n-oidhreacht áitiúil athuair agus aird a dhíriú uirthi.

Cuidíonn an oidhreacht s’againne leis an athbheochan náisiúnta trí bhród a chothú, ár bhféiniúlacht a neartú, tacú le poist, deiseanna oiliúna agus oideachasúla a sholáthar agus turasóirí a mhealladh.
Míníonn Seosamh cad é atá i gceist le Seachtain na hOidhreachta agus cad é mar a tháinig méadú ar an togra measartha beag seo go raibh sé ina fhéile mhór sa lá atá inniu ann.

“Is é atá i Seachtain na hOidhreachta féile náisiúnta seachtaine lenár dtuiscint ar ár n-oidhreacht chultúrtha, thógtha agus nádúrtha a mhéadú, lena caomhnú a spreagadh, agus le bród a chothú inár n-oidhreacht chomhroinnte.

Braitheann Seachtain na hOidhreachta go mór ar chomhoibriú. Cuireann Oifig Oidhreachta Chontae Dhún na nGall, Comhairle Contae Dhún na nGall agus an Chomhairle Oidhreachta eolas, comhordú, tacaíocht agus comhairle ar fáil do dhaoine atá ag reáchtáil imeachtaí. Cuidíonn Clár Imeachtaí Sheachtain Oidhreachta Chontae Dhún na nGall, arna fhoilsiú ag Oifig Oidhreachta Chontae Dhún na nGall, agus an clár náisiúnta imeachtaí, arna fhoilsiú ag an Chomhairle Oidhreachta, cuidíonn siad le poiblíocht a thabhairt d’imeachtaí atá ar siúl ar fud an chontae agus ar fud na tíre. Tá an tSeachtain Oidhreachta ag dul ó neart go neart i rith an ama, le 20 imeacht ar siúl i gContae Dhún na nGall in 2004 go dtí thart fá 100 imeacht in 2014. Is a bhuí le hiarrachtaí cuid mhór eagraíochtaí oidhreachta, iarsmalanna, ionaid oidhreachta, coistí pobail agus daoine aonaracha a éiríonn thar barr leis an tSeachtain Oidhreachta gach bliain.”

Mar sin de, beidh fáilte romhat bualadh isteach chuig an tSeachtain Oidhreachta agus rud beag staire a bhlaiseadh agus a cheiliúradh mar is cóir agus foghlaim arís faoin oidhreacht atá ar marthain ar thairseach an tí agat.

Beidh an tSeachtain Náisiúnta Oidhreachta ar siúl i mbliana ón Satharn 23 Lúnasa go dtí An Domhnach 31 Lúnasa. Tá an tSeachtain Oidhreachta Náisiúnta á comhordú ag an Chomhairle Oidhreachta agus Oifigigh Oidhreachta na nÚdarás Áitiúil le tacaíocht ón Roinn Ealaíon, Oidreachta agus Gaeltachta agus Fáilte Éireann.

County Donegal Heritage Week 2014

Seachtain Oidhreachta Chontae Dhún na nGall 2014

Fíricí fá dtaobh de Sheachtain Oidhreachta

  • Tá an tSeachtain Náisiúnta Oidhreachta mar chuid de Laethanta Oidhreachta Eorpacha atá á gceiliúradh i mbreis agus 40 tír ar fud na hEorpa.
  • Tá breis agus 1,600 imeacht ar siúl mar chuid de Sheachtain Náisiúnta Oidhreachta ar fud na hÉireann agus tá an chuid is mó acu saor in aisce.
  • Táthar ag dréim go mbeidh breis agus 400,000 duine ag freastal ar imeachtaí de chuid na Seachtaine Oidhreachta ar fud na tíre i mbliana.
  • Taobh amuigh de Bhaile Átha Cliath agus Chorcaigh, tá Contae Dhún na nGall ar an chontae a bhfuil an líon is mó imeachtaí á reáchtáil mar chuid den tSeachtain Oidhreachta.
  • Tá breis agus 25 cinn de na himeachtaí a bheas ar siúl le linn na Seachtaine Oidhreachta i gContae Dhún na nGall á reáchtáil nó á óstáil ag Seirbhísí Cultúrtha Chomhairle Contae Dhún na nGall.
  • In 2012, caitheadh 10,000 oíche lóistín de bharr na Seachtaine Náisiúnta Oidhreachta, arbh fhiú breis agus €1.9 milliún go na geilleagair áitiúla iad ar fud na tíre.
  • Tá cóipeanna de Chlár Imeachtaí Sheachtain Oidhreachta Chontae Dhún na nGall ar fáil saor in aisce ó do leabharlann áitiúil, ón oifig turasóireachta, ó ionaid seirbhísí pobail, ón iarsmalann nó ó ionaid oidhreachta.
  • Fá choinne eolais ar imeachtaí, téigh chuig Seachtain Oidhreachta.   

Heritage Week – a celebration of our history, culture and nature

A number of local events are being planned in Donegal this month as we get ready for National Heritage Week. National Heritage Week is a celebration of our history, culture and nature, while promoting the need to preserve our local heritage.

Joseph Gallagher, Heritage Officer for Donegal County Council, talks about the need to celebrate our heritage and the huge selection of events going on for Heritage Week, which kicks off from August 23.

Launch of the County Donegal 'Heritage Week' Event Guide in the Donegal County Museum. From left to right Dinny McGinley T.D, Joseph Gallagher and Cllr. Ian Mc Garvey.

Launch of the County Donegal ‘Heritage Week’ Event Guide in the County Museum, Letterkenny. From left to right, Joseph Gallagher, Joe McHugh T.D. and Cllr. John Campbell.

“People should come along to ‘Heritage Week’ events to enjoy and celebrate our cultural, built and natural heritage!  There are almost 100 ‘Heritage Week’ events taking place in County Donegal including family open days, guided walks, built heritage open houses, heritage site visits, fieldtrips, exhibitions, illustrated presentations, photographic competitions, children’s activities, storytelling sessions, traditional music, craft fairs and traditional skills demonstrations, and much much more” said Joseph

There’s something for everyone!

“Whatever your age, interests and ability, there are heritage events to interest, inspire and engage you.  In fact, this year’s National Heritage Week theme of ‘Generations Exploring Heritage Together’ was chosen to coincide with the United Nations’ 20th Anniversary of the International Year of the Family.  National Heritage Week provides a wonderful platform for families to get together and to rediscover and engage with their local heritage.”

Our heritage contributes to our national recovery by engendering pride, reinforcing our sense of identity, supporting jobs, providing training and educational opportunities and attracting tourists.

Joseph explains what Heritage Week is and how the relatively small initiative grew into the huge festival it is today.

“Heritage Week is a week-long national festival to raise awareness of our cultural, built and natural heritage, to encourage its preservation and to foster pride in our shared heritage.

Heritage Week is very much a collaborative effort.  from The County Donegal Heritage Office, Donegal County Council and The Heritage Council provide advice, information, coordination and support to people who are organising events.  The County Donegal ‘Heritage Week’ Event Guide produced by the County Donegal Heritage Office and the countrywide guide produced by The Heritage Council helps to publicise the events taking place around the county and across the country.  Heritage Week continues to go from strength to strength from 20 events taking place in County Donegal in 2004 rising to about 100 events in 2014.  Much of the success of Heritage Week lies with the many heritage organisations, museums, heritage centres, community groups and individuals who organise events every year.”

So why not come along to Heritage Week and discover a little bit of history that should be celebrated and rediscover the heritage on your doorstep.

This year, National Heritage Week takes place from Saturday, August 23 until Sunday, August 31.  National Heritage Week is coordinated by The Heritage Council and Local Authority Heritage Officers with support from the Department of Arts, Heritage & the Gaeltacht and Fáilte Ireland.

County Donegal Heritage Week 2014

County Donegal Heritage Week 2014


Facts about Heritage Week

  • National Heritage Week is part of European Heritage Days celebrated in over 40 countries across Europe.
  • There are over 1,600 events taking place for National Heritage Week across Ireland and most of them are free.
  • Over 400,000 people nationwide are expected to attend Heritage Week events this year.
  • Outside of Dublin and Cork, County Donegal has the most ‘Heritage Week’ events taking place of any county in the country.
  • Over 25 of the events taking place for ‘Heritage Week’ in County Donegal are organised by, or hosted by, Cultural Services of Donegal County Council.
  • In 2012, National Heritage Week created 10,000 bed nights worth over €1.4 million to local economies nationwide. 
  • Copies of the County Donegal ‘Heritage Week’ Event Guide are available free-of-charge from your local library, tourist office, public services centre, museum or heritage centre.
  • For information on events go to