Earagail Arts Festival – That’s 2 Weeks of Summer Sorted

Are you ready for two weeks of music theatre, visual arts, film, literature and much more right on your doorstep?


Donegal’s largest arts festival the Earagail Arts is a bilingual (Irish and English language), multidisciplinary arts festival which takes place every July throughout North and West County Donegal on the North West Atlantic seaboard of Ireland.


Traolach ó Fionnáin, Arts Officer for Donegal County Council has seen the Earagail Arts Festival grow from an idea into what is now one of the longest established arts festivals in Ireland.

“Donegal County Council established the Earagail Arts Festival in 1989 as a primary focus and showcase, for arts activities in the county. The festival was incorporated as a limited company in 2004 and the event is now managed and administered on behalf of Donegal County Council by Earagail Arts Festival Management Company Limited,” said Traolach.

2014 marks the 26th year of the festival. And in yearly competition with the previous 25 other Earagail art festivals they are in constant competition with themselves. And this year is no different after releasing a spectacular programme that could quite easily rival a festival in any big city.

Talking about this year’s event, Traolach urges people to come along to the festival, which in his own words he describes as having ‘something for everyone.’

With impressive shows such as ‘I Do’ a play giving audiences the chance to be a fly on the wall in the build up to a wedding, and the much anticipated ‘Fiesta’. The Fiesta was one of the finest dancehalls in Ireland, where the Clipper Carlton, the Miami Showband and the Mighty Avons played fast and slow sets through the years and the Earagail Arts Festival is set to reincarnate it so we can get a look at those roller disco years, Traolach has a point.

‘This is what the festival does best – creating a context where it, An Grianán Theatre and Donegal County Council can come together to commission and present new artistic work, start to finish’.

“I’m really looking forward to the play ‘I Do’. The notion of a play happening on a wedding morning in six different rooms in a hotel, where the audience is guided through each one in turn, is quite amazing. Anyone who has been in that situation will know precisely what goes on in their own room, but the chance to see what’s happening everywhere else is too good to pass up. The chaos of the last 20 minutes before a wedding, he laughed.

“This year we are linking in with a number of different festivals, including the new Swell Festival of Music and Arts in Aranmore, Festifál in Falcarragh and The Tory Lights Festival.

“Initiating and continuing to provide support to Earagail Arts Festival is a big part of the Council’s arts development work. The partnerships that have been built up over the years with other arts groups and other smaller festivals that happen at the same time as Earagail have been invaluable to us and have boosted our county’s tourism year after year.”

“Here’s hoping this year’s hardest decision is what event we should attend,” smiled Traolach.

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Earagail Arts Fun Festival Facts

This years Earagail Arts Festival takes place from 12-26 July.

There are 55 events taking place

The Earagail Arts Festival will visit 16 towns and play in 25 venues all across the county.

For more information on the festival and for a full programme of events go to – www.eaf.ie/


July 2013 Round-up!

Been missing out on the goings on from our social media pages online? Never worry, from now on we’ll be doing a monthly round-up of all the important news connected with Donegal County Council.

July kicked off with a welcomed heat-wave which brought the beach bunnies out in their droves! It also kicked off a new term for the New Mayor of Donegal Ian McGarvey when the Donegal Youth Council paid a visit to the Council Chambers for their meeting.

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  • The National Adjudication of 2013 IPB Pride of Place Competition for County Donegal took place during the month of July. Five very worthy initiatives in various categories were adjudicated. Pride of Place, which is run by Donegal County Council in the context of the broader Co-operation Ireland project has been in operation since 2003 and going from strength to strength since then. Its objective is to give deserved recognition and to celebrate the vital contributions that community partnerships make to society.
  • Eunan O’Donnell took to OceanFM to talk all things Cycle Route. Listen to his piece here .
  • We began circulating information around possible hazards septic tanks for the public to raise awareness of the dangers of such occurrences.
  • Donegal County Council Library Service, Libraries NI and The Irish Cultural Centre of New England in Boston began working together on a One Book One Community Project.  This celebration of Colmcille will run until  August 22nd, 2013.1044762_10153082260060160_105111062_n


    • Planes, Trains and Jigs & Reels – Unique Heritage Festival brings Bundoran’s history back to life came about on the 15th.

      Pictured - Historian Joe O'Loughlin Event Director Tom Dillon historian Marc Geagan and Bundoran Mayor Cllr Denise Connolly & members of Dark Daughter

      Pictured – Historian Joe O’Loughlin Event Director Tom Dillon historian Marc Geagan and Bundoran Mayor Cllr Denise Connolly & members of Dark Daughter

    • A day in the life of a ‪#‎Donegal‬ Beach Lifeguard!
      Go Visit Donegal met Malachy Kelly (30) and Stephen McCabe (24), the beach lifeguards on duty at the time and got an insight into the typical day on ‪#‎Culdaff‬ ‪#‎Beach‬.  To read all a…bout their trip out of the office and onto one of our ‪#‎blueflagbeaches‬ as well as what it’s like being a lifeguard on our beautiful beaches see their blog!
  • We urged the public to keep our #beautiful #beaches fantastic places for everyone to enjoy. The good weather saw large numbers of people flocking to our coastline to enjoy our many wonderful beaches over the last couple of weeks.  Donegal County Council appeals to the public to act responsibly when visiting Donegal’s beaches during this spell of good weather


  • The new Edition of the Donegal Community In Touch Ezine was published, the July issue of which can be viewed on our site here!

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  • Did you know – There are 6000kms of Non-National Roads in Donegal alone? That’s from here to New York! And that 37million Euro was spent last year on Road Maintenance and the same is estimated to be spent this year?


  • Mayor of Donegal welcomes announcement that Donegal Town will be a Regional Office for Irish Water!
  • We announced that Donegal County Council  would once again be webcasting proceedings from the MacGill Summer School live via the Councils website.  This is the fourth year that the Council has webcasted this event live from Glenties and is proving to be very popular especially with the Donegal and Irish diaspora.
  • A weather warning of Code Orange was issued for Ireland, ending the almost month-long heatwave and the last remaining evidence of the sun from Donegal! …But we hear it’s due back in August, so, fingers crossed.
  • A reminder to Register of Electors for Upcoming Referendum Mr. Phil Hogan, T.D., Minister for the Environment, Community and Local Government, made an order appointing Friday 4 October 2013.


  • Launch of the Annual Tip O’Neill Irish Diaspora Award 2013 to take place in Buncrana. The recipient of which was Brian Schweitzer. Governor Brian Schweitzer was elected governor of Montana in 2004 and re-elected in 2008. Schweitzer first entered politics in 1993, when President Bill Clinton appointed him to the U.S. Agriculture Department Farm Service Agency Committee. He served at the USDA for seven years. Schweitzer was chosen as a keynote speaker at the 2012 Democratic National Convention. He has chaired both the Democratic Governors Association and the West Governors Association. Governor Brian Schweitzer has strong Irish connections. Hannah Friel, Brian’s mother, was born in 1899 and left Rathmullan for America with her sister Mary Ann, while in her early twenties. Schweitzer has maintained close contact with Donegal and has a keen interest in the county and its people.

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  • Bundoran Heritage Festival timetable was released.
  • Crossborder Delegation on the  #A5 Western Transport Corridor Project. Present where Taoiseach Enda Kenny TD and Minister for Transport Leo Varadkar TD meeting with the cross border, cross-party delegation in Leinster House. The Taoiseach reconfirmed the Irish Governments commitment to the A5 Western Transport Corridor Project.  Seated from left: Mayor of Donegal, Councillor Ian McGarvey, Taoiseach Enda Kenny TD,  Minister Leo Varadkar TD, Deputy Joe McHugh TD.16571_10201016761733573_274490212_n
  • Mayo and Donegal football managers kick-started a campaign to encourage motorists to watch their speed and be aware of driver fatigue. The campaign named You Snooze You Lose asks motorists and passengers to make a personal commitment to drive at appropriate and legal speeds in a bid to tackle concerns about speeding in local communities and a special appeal will be made at the big match on Sunday for all the fans to drive with care. On the road as on the pitch you need to be alert and rested so drivers are asked to take a rest from driving to and from the big game on Sunday.59598_712524532110529_1001915316_n 998415_10153160281725160_1557252203_n
  • Want to know more about Water Safety and which Donegal Beaches are lifeguarded? See our post on facebook detailing the areas and times!

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