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A Taste of Donegal Food Festival 2016 Entertainment

 Dean Martin Tribute Show

Adrian has been performing from a young age at community level in his home town of Sligo. He was involved in Musical Theatre, with Sligo Fun   Company from 1984 to 1990 and also a committee member. Adrian played the lead in Seven Brides For Seven Brothers, with supporting roles in Jesus   Christ Superstar, Grease and West Side Story, to name but a few. It was through his deep admiration for the Late, Great Dean Martin and the music of   swing and jazz, that sparked the concept of The Dean Martin Tribute Show With residencies in Dublin, Donegal and Sligo, working to original quality backing tracks.

Adrian continues to perform the hits such as, Everybody Loves somebody Sometime, Thats Amore and Little ‘ole Wine Drinker Me,   together with those rarities, to please the truly dedicated fans of Dean Martin and The Rat Pack. Take a trip back in time to an era of Cool and Sophistication and share this wonderful, timeless music.

Pains Fireworks Display

The Official Opening Evening will close with a spectacular Fireworks Display over Donegal Bay.

With its roots in the East End of London dating back to the 15th Century, Pains Fireworks is proud to be the longest established firework display company in the United Kingdom. History suggests that the barrels of gunpowder used in the infamous plot to blow up the Parliament of James I in 1605, were “manufactured by a gunpowder manufacturer within earshot of the Bells of Bow”. At that time the only such business was one John Pain, the founder of the modern day Pains Fireworks.Through the centuries Pains has set the benchmark for fireworks industry in the UK; building one of the first legal factories in Britain. Just after the First World War the company began its evolution from manufacturing of military pyrotechnics & shop fireworks as well as staging large ceremonial displays to become solely focused on providing professional displays around the world. The transition of the business from 1605 to the present era was marked with the award of the Gold Jupiter at Montreal’s L’International des Feux 2007.

Lady Longbottom

Lady Longbottom has arrived straight out of the early 1900’s with her old world charm, vintage parasol and exquisite costume.

This larger than life vintage stilt walker will delight both young with her classic style and crowd interaction.

The Singing Chefs


 Guaranteed to entertain the crowds with melodic tones that would fill any grumbly bellies! These culinary wizards will sing and play all day and may get a little too close for comfort… but if you can’t stand the heat, get out of the kitchen!

Comedy Cookery Theatre

Ireland’s Comical Chef Celebrity Chef Joe Shannon

style=“Everything in the culinary world that you most probably don’t need to know!!
Hilarious side splitting comedy.

Special guests from the world of politics and entertainment
Maybe a bit of singing and dancing thrown in!!

Not to missed and only at the fantastic “Taste of Donegal 2016” with The hilarious Frank Forde,
TV3 Ireland am, Ocean FM, Executive chef Radisson Blu hotel and Spa Sligo

The Hilarious Comedian Frank Forde

Joe Duffys Funny Fridays, The late late show, Come Cook with us

Eugene Ginty "The Singing Chef "

Eugene Ginty is a classically trained operatic tenor of international repute and has performed about 55 opera roles worldwide. He spent nine years working in Durham Cathedral and at St George’s Chapel, Windsor Castle. Now living in Dublin and Donegal and a member of The Three Tenors and the National Chamber Choir, Eugene also plays the flute (concert and traditional) and guitar.

Wobbly Circus Rideabout Clown

Watch your back!

No one is safe from this unique roving clown but you’ll have plenty of time to get out of the way as you’ll definitely hear him coming! Expect honking horns, juggling tricks and most of all expect the unexpected! Performed on a mini penny farthing bicycle with sound and special effects this is a roving clown show like no other. Honk Honk!


"Hoteliers Cook Off"

Solis Lough Eske Castle a Solis Hotel & Spa
Sean Carney

Lough Eske Castle’s General Manager served with Capella Hotel Group in Saint Lucia Capella Marigot Bay prior to landing back on Irish shores and before that he was the Executive Assistant Manager, Food & Beverage at The Hotel at Auburn University.
He also served as a co-educator of the Food & Beverage-related courses administered through Auburn University’s Hospitality Management Program on campus in The College of Human Sciences.

Before joining The Hotel at Auburn University, Carney served as the Director of Food at Caneel Bay, A Rosewood Resort on St. John, USVI. Carney also spent three years as Assistant Director of Food & Beverage at Hilton Short Hills in northern New Jersey. His extensive experience in the field also includes serving as Maître D' at the Nikolais Roof restaurant as well as Beverage Manager at the Hilton and Towers in Atlanta, Room Service Manager at The Ritz-Carlton Buckhead in Atlanta, Assistant Beverage Manager and Restaurant Manager at Hilton Waikoloa Village in Hawaii, and Restaurant Manager of The Terrace Restaurant at Rye Town Hilton in Rye, New York.

A keen sportsman he follows GAA, Rugby and soccer. When not working he can be seen exercising on the roads around Donegal Town on his bicycle.

Married to Rajni they have one child Kieran who goes to school here locally.

The Abbey Hotel
Danny O' Donnell

Danny O’ Donnell General Manager of the Abbey Hotel which is a 3-star property located in the Diamond in Donegal Town, making it an ideal base from which to explore the rugged beauty of the Wild Atlantic Way .

Danny a Donegal Town man who has spent over 30 years working in this hospitality industry under the ownership of the Breslin Family and more recently the White Hotel Group ltd.

He is one of the much loved and familiar faces which greet you on arrival at the Abbey Hotel. Danny has a tremendous Community, Business & Voluntary spirit and over the years has played a very important role in all aspects of Community life in Donegal Town. He is well documented as being the person to whom all sectors of Donegal Town Community and surrounding areas approach when any form of help is required. Danny simply doesn’t do PROBLEMS only SOLUTIONS!

Unknown to most of us Danny’s secret passion is COOKING.

He loves to cook for family and friends!! This is evident at Christmas time when Danny becomes the Executive Chef, puts on the seasonal apron and cooks a Christmas dinner fit for any King and Queen, hosted by himself , his wife Annemarie daughter Delia and son Patrick for the extended family.

Danny is ready to RUMBLE at the “Hotelier’s cook off””

Harvey's Point Country Hotel
Noel Cunnigham

Noel Cunningham TV personality... Radio contributor ... Hotelier he spent many years travelling all over the World working in many of the fine THF Hotels Worldwide.
His love of Showbiz came about as he worked on some of the great Ocean Liners.. When cruising was more elegant and great International Stars performed on board for World Voyages.

Now happily settled back in Donegal at his beloved Harvey's Point, Noel enjoys all things local. Donegal is his passion.
Walking and travel is well documented as his other passions as is his other TV and Radio life.

Noel considers the Wild Atlantic Way to be the greatest Tourism Initiative ever undertook in Ireland... And his motto is... Come to the Cabaret... @ Harvey's Point

Mickey and Minnie

Mickey & Minnie will be available to meet the children young and old at various times throughout the weekend.


     A Taste of Donegal Food Festival 2015