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Welcome to Donegal Town's Website

Your first stop for Donegal Town Accommodation, News, Events and

 Festivals.


Below you will find Local News

and Events from some Donegal Town

Businesses ....

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GREAT NEWS FOR DONEGAL TOWN!!

Donegal Town NO 5 in the TOP 10 IRISH DESTINATIONS!!

St Patricks's Day in Donegal Town



TripAdvisor's Top 10 Irish Destinations are:
     1. Killarney
  2. Dublin
  3. Dingle
   4. Galway
                5. Donegal Town
       6. Westport
7. Cork
8. Sligo
   9. Doolin
   10. Tralee

Read more on the this great news for our Town here:


DONEGAL TOWN FEATURES WELL IN THE "GREENING"

THANK YOU FOR HELPING TO MAKE DONEGAL TOWN GREEN!!


Donegal Tourism Ltd in association with Donegal County Council would like to thank everyone who took part in the 'greening' of County Donegal for St. Patrick's Day 2015.


The response from community groups, local businesses and everyone in County Donegal was very positive with over 45 locations across County Donegal going green.

Congratulations to everyone who got involved and helped green County Donegal.


To view Donegal Greening Map and Video Click Here:


DONEGAL TOWN TURNS GREEN FOR ST PATRICK'S DAY!!!


Congratulations to the OPW, Sean Mc Loone and all the staff of Donegal Town Castle 

on turning the Castle GREEN in time for the 2015 Celebrations!!!

Watch out for other local businesses already TURNED GREEN and TURNING GREEN!!!!


Enjoy the festivities, your parades and your events safely, drown the Shamrock lightly!!!



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LOUGH ESKE CASTLE HOTEL


"Hop Along to Lough Eske Castle this Easter"


Click here to view their EGG-citing offer!


SPRING INTO SUMMER AT LOUGH ESKE CASTLE


For more information on the latest offers click here


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EASTER FUN AT THE BALOR ARTS CENTRE


Pat Shortt’s hilarious new show Selfie headlines a fantastic month at The Balor Arts Centre.

It’s far from the only brilliant show on offer Annie–The Musical returns 26 years after it was first staged at The Balor.

There’s more comedy with Balor favourite Jason Byrne, the students of Royal & Prior, Raphoe present High School Musical and

there’s a great night of music featuring 5 acts headlined by electro pop outfit Makings, a band with strong Ballybofey connections.


For further information on these events and more click here


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TOURISM and LOCAL GASTRONOMY


2015 European Destination of Excellence Competition

 

The 2015 European Destination of Excellence Competition


Tourism and Local Gastronomy is being launched this week.

 

Fáilte Ireland are looking for emerging  tourism destinations in Ireland who have developed a specific tourism offering based on their local gastronomy that balances sustaining the local environment with the promotion of viable tourism

 

Information for this competition is available on the Fáilte Ireland website, you can also download the application form from there also.

The closing date for completed entries is 4.00pm - April 8th.


Brochure 2015  


http://www.failteireland.ie/News-Features/News-Library/Search-is-on-for-Region-with-best-use-of-food-pote.aspx

 

For information on previous winners see website below

 

http://irelandseden.ie/



"DONEGAL TOWN DESIGN STATEMENT"


CONGRATULATIONS to John Campbell Cathaoirleach of Donegal. on this fantastic initiative!!

Donegal Town Community Chamber are looking forward to being part of this project.

Read more here


 

DONEGAL'S WILD ATLANTIC WAY WALKING WEEK 


Monday 08th June - Friday 12th June 2015


If you love Walking, Spectacular Scenery, Fantastic Food then we have an exciting event which you wont want to miss!

As Donegal is the starting point of one of Europe's longest driving routes known as

The Wild Atlantic Way,

this Annual Event has been created to showcase County Donegal

as an ideal destination for walking enthusiasts of all ages and levels to experience the raw natural beauty this coastline has to offer.



For more information follow the links below


General Information & Contact details Please Click here:

Accommodation & Getting here details Please Click here:


Proposed Walking Schedule Please Click here:


Donegal Town Fáilte Ireland Approved Accommodation List Please Click here:


Details of all planned walks will be posted on our Face book page

https://www.facebook.com/pages/Donegals-First-Annual-Wild-Atlantic-Way-Walking-Week/1415956865313278?ref=bookmarks


For any further information you require please feel free to contact


Donegal Town Community Chamber email development@donegaltown.ie

or alternatively telephone 00353 749723760.


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DONEGAL LOCAL ENTERPRISE OFFICE



Last chance to book! Pride of Donegal


In a relaxed setting, Gerry Moan will host a discussion getting the views of 5 successful owner/managers from around the county


  • Adrian Britton - Roadteam Ltd, Pettigo
  • Julianne Hayes - La Cuisine, Kilmacrennan
  • Brian Leslie - Seaquest, Killybegs 
  • Rachel McIntyre - Macʼs Mace Deli and Outside Catering, Letterkenny
  • Brian Sweeney - Sweeney Group, Letterkenny


Date: Monday 23th March 2015


Time: 10am – 12pm (Registration 9.30am)


Venue: Local Enterprise Office, Letterkenny 


This is a free event but online registration is essential

To Register click here


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TERMON COMPLEX


Pettigo-Tullyhommen


THE TERMON TIMES NEWSLETTER


March 2015 Edition


SPACES AVAILABLE FOR HIRE

within the complex


For more information click here



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CONGRATULATIONS CHARLOTTE  & EMMA!!!


Congratulations to Charlotte Temple and Emma Mulhern

two very successful young Donegal Town women

whose Life and Career stories are featured in this weeks

Irish Country Living Magazine

Farmers Journal.


Read Charlotte's Story Here:




Read Emma's Story Here:


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GLENVEAGH NATIONAL PARK CASTLE & GARDENS


Information & Prices for 2015


For more information click here


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DONEGAL TOWN CREDIT UNION


Introducing New Flexi Accounts


For more information click here:


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THE AURORA BOREALIS


The Aurora Borealis, also known as the Northern Lights,  provided an impressive display recently with photographer

Rónán Mc Laughlin capturing pictures at Malin Head, Irelands most Northerly Point.

Astronomy Ireland advises, the further North you are the better chance of viewing the

Northern Lights

and  they can be seen more dominantly  in an area absent from light pollution,

making Inishowen the best place in Ireland to see this dream-like extravagant.

Visit Inishowen have put together a step by step guide to chasing the Northern Lights in Inishowen,

which will allow you to determine the best time to head north in search of the Aurora Borealis which can be viewed at http://www.visitinishowen.com/blog

For more information contact Inishowen Tourism on (00353) 74 9362600 or email:  info@visitinishowen.com


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THE BASE ENTERPRISE CENTRE


 As part of Enterprising Donegal Business Week

Present


MAKING THE RIGHT IMPRESSION


"Effective Branding in today's busy Marketplace"


For more information click here


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DONEGAL LOCAL ENTERPRISE OFFICE


ARTISAN CHOCOLATE & ICE CREAM WORKSHOP

With Teagasc Artisan Food Specialist - Edward O'Neill
 

Ever dreamed of becoming a master chocolatier or setting up your own ice cream business...

The Food Coast, Donegal Local Enterprise Office is delighted to be teaming up with Teagasc to offer a workshop from bean to bar-
 
An Introduction to Artisan Chocolate Making on Tuesday 14th April, 2015

and to offer an introductory workshop on Artisan Ice Cream making on Wednesday 15th April, 2015.  


If interested you can register here



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SAVE OUR SHAMROCK, DON'T DROWN IT!!

For tips on ensuring on having a great St. Patrick's Day click here



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LETS MAKE DONEGAL THE  "GREENEST" COUNTY IN IRELAND

FOR

ST. PATRICK'S DAY 2015


 
Donegal Tourism Ltd in association with Donegal County Council

would like to encourage everyone to help make

‘Donegal the Greenest County in Ireland for St. Patrick’s Day 2015

For details on how you can do this please Click Here:


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DONEGAL COUNTY COUNCIL CORPORATE PLAN


HAVE YOUR SAY

Donegal County Council is preparing a new Corporate Plan

which will set out the strategic direction of the Council from 2015 to 2019.

To help us in preparing this plan we would like to hear your views, opinions and insights on

what you believe are the key areas that the Council should focus on over the next 5 years.


For more information Please click here:


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CONGRATULATIONS SIAN AND NEVEN

 

A huge congratulations to Sian Breslin of Sian’s Plan and Donegal Manor who came 23rd

and to Neven Maguire of Mc Nean House & Restaurant Blacklion  Cavan  who came 16th

in the best small hotels section of the 2015 Travellers Choice Awards on Tripadvisor.

 

Sian and Neven are regularly seen providing Masterclasses, and Cookery Demonstrations at A Taste of Donegal Food Festival.

  Both of them have been continually supportive

of

A Taste of Donegal Food Festival since its inception.


http://www.tripadvisor.ie/TravelersChoice-Hotels-cSmall-g186591#23


Well done to Sian, Neven and all their teams.


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CUSTOMER SERVICE EXCELLENCE TRAINING- AGRI FOOD SECTOR


For more information please click here:


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LOCAL ENTERPRISE OFFICE

 

Small Business Accounts

 

Monday 23rd March 2015, 10 consecutive Monday evenings from 6.30pm to 9.30pm,

in the ETB Training Centre (formerly FÁS), Ballyraine, Letterkenny.

For an outline of the programme and to register. Click here:


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GOOD LUCK AT THE LAMA AWARDS!

Best wishes to www.donegaltown.ie and A Taste of Donegal who are finalists


in the LAMA Community & Council Awards

this Saturday night in the

Crowne Plaza Hotel

Northwood Santry.


Good Luck to all involved in both of these categories.


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CONGRATULATIONS HARVEY'S POINT!!


One of our regular exhibitors at A Taste of Donegal Food Festival


Harvey's Point Country Hotel Lough Eske have just been voted 


Number 1 in Ireland,6th in Europe and 18th in the World in the Tripadvisor Awards


Congratulations to the Gysling Family, Noel and Team from everyone at A Taste of Donegal and Donegal Town Community Chamber


Well Done to all involved!!

For more information click here:


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A Taste of Donegal Food Festival 2015


A Taste of Donegal Food Festival 2015

Friday 28th August, Saturday 29th August and Sunday 30th August 2015

on

The Pier Area in Donegal Town.


For more information please contact Mary on 000353 871777140 / 000353 9723760

or email development@donegaltown.ie.


2015 EXHIBITOR APPLICATION FORM.

Please click here:


YES 2015 DATES!!!


Put these dates in your diary for A Taste of Donegal Food Festival 2015.

Friday 28th, Saturday 29th and Sunday 30th August 2015.

If you can’t wait until then COME ALONG to A Little Taste of Christmas in Donegal Town a one day event on Sunday 30th November 2014 in the Abbey Hotel Donegal Town.

For more details email:development@donegaltown.ie

or alternatively call Mary on :087 1777140

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The Abbey Hotel Donegal Town

 Entertainment

Coming This March:

ST. PATRICK'S DAY MUSIC LINE UP

For more information click here


PRE ST PATRICK'S DAY SALE

For more information click here


WEDDING SHOWCASE

For more information click here:


BENEFIT DANCE

For more information click here:


PATRICK FEENEY'S MUSIC WEEKEND

For more information click here:


Coming This April


COUNTRY MUSIC WEEKEND

For more information click here:


Coming This May


DANCE FOR PLEASURE

For more information click here:


Coming This June


COUNTRY MUSIC WEEKEND

For more information click here:


Coming This July


COUNTRY MUSIC WEEKEND

For more information click here:


First Holy Communion and Confirmation 2015

For further information click here:


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**Celtic Tales and Donegal Yarns Storytelling Hour**

By Keith Corcoran

to be held in The Olde Castle Bar Donegal Town
Every Tuesday and Thursday night from 9.30 pm to 10.30 pm
Admission is Free
For more info please click here


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Love & Marriage!

Kitty Kellys & summer time are echoes of Sinatra's classic "love & marriage", they just go together like a horse and carriage !
To officially declare the arrival of summer, kitty Kellys reopens it's doors this Friday 30th May at 5.00pm and will remain open every evening for a la carte dining until late September Tel 0749731925 for reservation.

Kitty's new menu this season marks a return to some of its old classics. Back from the past are the smoked chicken salad with a melted Brie dressing best served with a glass of chilled moulin caresse Sauvignon blanc. Another vintage return to the menu is the 1/2 roast crispy duck, plum sauce, garlic mash, slow roast vegetables with a cardamon & peach chutney, with a choice of a chic Fleurrie or a glass of oak infused Chardonnay. Prime fish play a big part of our menu this year; crispy tender baby Octopus & monktail is our new signature dish, Hake with a rich crab hollandaise, John Dory with a sun dried herb tomato butter and Byrnes of Killybegs smoked haddock poached in a Donegal Blonde fish velouté all make for mouth watering temptations and are in good company with an apple flavoured Chablis or an Italian Pinot Grigio. For the vegetarian we have a beautiful dish of roasted peppers, courgettes & sweet potato , poached in a white wine cheese sauce and served in crepes with a tossed green salad & home cut chips. This dish can take a pear finished Sauvignon or a local Donegal beer, brewed in Ballyshannon. Finally for the steak lover we have a generous 10oz Sirloin, complete with our own cut triple cooked chips, roasted banana shallots & a classic cafe de Paris butter sauce. Nothing better to go with a steak of this class but a glass of Merlot or our house Rioja.

Louise Rowan, Lorna Lee Curran & Sharon Mullen are back refreshed for their 15th kitty season.
We have many new plans for this season including some after dinner irish trad music in July & August as well as launching our day time menu in July.
Kitty Kelly's was selected as Ambassador Restaurant by Failte Ireland for the Wild Atlantic Way and was recently featured in a glowing piece in the UK Sunday Times. We have received our Certificate of Excellence from Trip Advisor and Georgina Campbell has again included us in her 2014 guide for best places to dine in Ireland.
So gather up the horse & hitch up the carriage n make your way to Kitty Kellys for a gourmet treat this summer. We look forward to you dining with us.
Tel 0749731925

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Rock Climbing in Donegal 

The county of Donegal contains more climbable rock than the rest of Ireland

Donegal currently plays host to a lifetimes worth of world class rock climbing in some of the most beautiful and unspoilt places in Ireland.

The scope for further exploration and the opportunity to discover unclimbed rock is unlimited, as there is an unexplored adventure waiting through every mountain pass and around every remote headland.


If this is what you enjoy most and would like to explore the adventures follow the links below

Donegal Summits Click Here:

Slieve League & Silver Strand Click Here:

Pyramid Stack Slievetooey Penninsula Click Here:

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Donegal Family Resource Centre

Upper Main Street Donegal Town
For information on all our services and activities please click here

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Donegal Craft Village


Donegal Craft Village is a showcase for contemporary arts and crafts in Ireland. Leading artisans are working with glass, bronze, textiles, wood, paint, ceramics and precious metals. Meet the artists in their workshops and treat yourself to the many items on offer for yourself or as a memorable gift. You can also commission special bespoke items or larger architectural pieces for presentations or corporate gifts.

Stop off and indulge in the award winning ’Aroma’ Coffee Shop & Mini Bakery renowned for its freshly ground coffee, delicious home made cakes and gourmet lunches. The beautifully landscaped grounds include a picnic area, a charming courtyard and spacious, free car & coach parking.

For more information on Donegal Craft Village click here.

After visiting Donegal Craft Village why not visit the many local attractions in our Historic Town.
Guided tours are available in Donegal Castle, Discover Magee of Donegal Ltd famous for its hand -woven tweeds. Visit our shops many of whom who specialises in authentic Irish giftware’s. 

Relax Wine or Dine in one of our many Hotels. B&B’s and Traditional Bars.

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