Donegal Global Irish Festival

Calling The Donegal Scottish Diaspora
Donegal Global Irish Festival

Some 70 million people around the world claim to have Irish roots and many of them enjoy tracing those roots while holidaying in the home country each year.   Many more of our fellow country men and women have left for pastures new in recent years and they too look forward to ‘coming home’ on holiday. 

The Global Irish Festivals series offers all of you the perfect reason to come home and visit The Wild Atlantic Way this Autumn.  Throughout the month of October, Limerick and Donegal will play host to a number of unique festivals and events that will be of particular interest to friends and family who have a connection with or an interest in Ireland.  Culture is a huge part of the Irish identity and, as a nation we are renowned for our writers, actors and artists.  Highlighting the best of Ireland’s traditional and contemporary culture and heritage, Donegal and Limerick invite you to come home this October to share in our festivals and events with the promise of a month-long céad mile fáilte abhaile.

Donegal, named by National Geographic Traveller as the ‘coolest place on the planet’ guarantees a very warm welcome this autumn with unique events taking place over two weekends.

Genealogy and Traditional Music weekend 19th – 21st October

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Remembering our ancestors who travelled to Scotland to work as herring-gutters, tattie hoakers and tunnel tigers in the twentieth century, West Donegal will be a hub of activity this October as we welcome home their descendants.

The event will include guided tours of West Donegal with options like island hopping to Arranmore Island, or retracing the footsteps of the herring-gutters through talks and discussions.  Saturday evening dinner will be followed by an exclusive music performance with Scottish and Irish award winning fiddle players - a session not to be missed! 

A special genealogy workshop will be hosted in the Maghery Community Centre right at the edge of the Wild Atlantic Way.  So, if you are curious about your own connection with Donegal or Ireland generally, or you simply want to join the craic for what promises to be a very memorable weekend, we will be delighted to look after you!

To find out more please contact the Donegal Diaspora Executive at or phone 074 9160735.

Donegal Scottish Gaelic sporting weekend 27/28 October: 

The connections between Donegal and Scotland spans generations and this October will see an under 12 Northwest Divisional GAA team take on their Scottish counter-parts in a friendly match in Dungloe the heart of the Donegal Gaeltacht.

Following the Gaelic football blitz on Saturday the members of the under 12 teams will enjoy a coaching session with members of the Donegal County team. 

Medals will be presented to the victorious team at a buffet dinner on Saturday evening and this will be followed by live entertainment and the appearance of a mystery celebrity guest……

Water sports will be arranged for the young people on Sunday morning with Maghery Coastal Adventures on the Wild Atlantic Way.

So, brush down the football boots, or just grab your supporter’s scarf for an unforgettable sporting week-end back in the old sod this October.