Donegal – Irish Diaspora Conference


1916 … ‘she now seizes that moment … supported by her exiled children in America and by gallant allies in Europe’…


Now in it’s fifth year, the Donegal Irish Diaspora Conference has grown from strength to strength and is set to attract a full house this year again when it takes place on the 19 and Diaspora Conf 1320 May 2016 in Letterkenny.


Aideen Doherty, Area Manager with Donegal County Council has been involved in organising this conference since it was first held in 2012 and believes that this conference has become an important event in the county’s calender.


“It’s an opportunity for people with an interest in Donegal to connect, to reflect on our experiences as a county and to explore opportunities that can be had by linking in new ways with the global Donegal family.”


Plans for this year’s Diaspora Conference are well underway and given the year that is in it, the theme will focus on 1916.  The conference which is being hosted by Donegal County Council’s Diaspora Project in association with the University of Massachusetts Lowell’s Centre for Irish Partnerships, will address a range of issues relating to 1916, the period, the legacy and the diaspora.



This year’s conference will include speakers from all over the world including Sir Tom Devine, Kevin Cullen, Michael Patrick McDonald, Professor Paul Arthur, Dr. Frank Talty, Dr. Breandán MacSuibhne, Dr. Éamonn Ó Ciardha and will be moderated by Victoria Denoon from the University of Massachusetts.


“Speakers will share their stories and their own research into 1916 and will address the history, experiences and the legacy of 1916 on the Irish diaspora and will focus especially on the profound impact and effect 1916 had on the countries they migrated to and on Ireland itself” says Aideen.

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“The aim of the conference is to give us an opportunity to explore connections for the next period and to consider how our diaspora can play a role.  The diaspora is a key resource for Ireland and indeed for Donegal and the impact that these people have had whether you look at it from an economic, political or cultural perspective has been considerable.”


This conference is being hosted by the Donegal Diaspora Project which has successfully reached out to the broad global community with a connection to Donegal or with an interest in some aspect of Donegal.  It will take place in Letterkenny Institute of Technology on 19 and 20 May 2016.  To book your place click here.


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It is estimated that are 70 million people of Irish descent (Source )




The Big Donegal Clean up is in full swing

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With the Big Donegal Clean up in full swing, Donegal County Council’s Litter Management Team are busy making plans with the many local groups across the county that have signed up for this years initiative.


With over 100 groups signed up to this year’s campaign, the next few weeks are set to be busy weeks in towns and villages across the county.


Suzanne Bogan, Environmental Awareness Officer with the Council is co-ordinating this year’s initiative and is delighted with the response she has had.


“We already have over 100 groups in Donegal signed up for the Big Donegal Clean Up and An Taisce’s National Spring Clean campaign and this number is growing all the time.  The interest from communities is brilliant and it will all help in making Donegal litter free and allowing us to put our best foot forward for the forthcoming tourist season.


“Donegal relies heavily on the tourist industry and the beauty of the county’s landscape and natural environment is without doubt our unique selling point.  Rubbish and litter can be a major blight on our environment and portrays a very negative message for Donegal.


“So hat’s off to all those individuals and groups across Donegal who take it upon themselves to clean up their area.  Donegal is a large county and unfortunately the Council cannot keep the county litter free on its own.  That’s why the work of these groups is so important and vital to us”.


This year’s campaign has been endorsed by Donegal Senior footballer Neil Gallagher who is also an employee of Donegal County Council.


“It is great to see someone like Neil Gallagher supporting this campaign.  Neil is a great ambassador for Donegal and role model for young and old alike and  knows how important the natural environment and landscape is in attracting visitors to the local area.”


This campaign sees the Council supporting individuals, groups and organisations in organising their own clean-ups.


“We provide bags, gloves and litter pickers etc. and arrange for the collection of the rubbish following the clean-up.


“This weekend saw the Big Inishowen Clean up taking place and hundreds of bags of litter and rubbish was collected in Buncrana alone.  Council staff was on hand to collect all the rubbish once it was picked up and bagged.


“These clean-up days are not only about cleaning up your area, but the community spirit that’s generated from these events is great.  It is a chance for new residents to get to know their neighbours and for everyone in a town or village to meet up for a good cause and it’s not just about the hard work but the craic and banter that comes with it”  laughs Suzanne.




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  • To join in the Big Donegal Clean Up call 074 91 53900 or visit


  • For more resources register with An Taisce’s National Spring Clean campaign by calling (01) 4002219 or online at


  • Follow Donegal County Councils #BigDonegalCleanUp on Twitter and Facebook