Active Donegal

Active Donegal

Donegal caters for every active interest whether its family fun, team sports or solo adventuring. Over land, accross mountains and on the sea, the options are vast. 

Spread your wings & soar. Donegal has so much to offer.

Sam Maguire Cup returns to Donegal in 2012!
Image of Foyle Rowing Club
Foyle Rowing Club - Image courtesy of Brid McGinley
Image of woman on cliff top
Hillwalking - Image courtesy of Robert Meir
Beach Time - Image courtesy of Jeremy Howard
Image courtesy of Iain Miller Unique Ascent
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Ricky Simms

Ricky Simms was born on the 24th June 1974. Raised in Milford he attended the Royal and Prior Raphoe where he developed an interest and talent in athletics, joining the Finn Valley Athletic club at around 12 years of age. Ricky argues that the club was the focal point of his childhood and he... Read more.


Finn Valley Centre

Michelle McGrory (nee McArdle) works in Donegal County Council and has a long history with the Finn Valley. We invited her to tell us its history.

The Finn Valley Athletic Club was founded in 1971 by Patsy McGonagle, who went on to coach the Irish Athletics Olympic Team and remains to... Read more.


John Farren with Jon Mahoney BIBA & others after a round of golf at Ballyliffen Golf Club

Donegal Diaspora Project hosted an Economic Seminar in May 2014 and Ballyliffin Golf Club established contact with with Ann Burke Vice President Economic Development Council of Western MA, Jon Mahoney Boston Irish Business Association and Tim Murray Worcester Chamber of Commerce.

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Surfing in Donegal

Surfing coach instructing student on the beach

Donegal is fast making a name for itself in international surfing, there are several surf schools, a testament to the sports rising popularity within the county. During the summer weeks many of these schools can see around  100-150 participants per week, sometimes more and upwards of 500 per... Read more.


A story of incredible Irishmen and the Donegal link to their Arctic expeditions


Dearn Mc Clintock shares the incredible tale of the legendary vessel HMS Terror, which travelled to the frozen north and once sought refuge in Lough Swilly. 

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