Donegal Connect is coming to this year’s London Irish Vintage Club charity day, at Tir Chonaill Park, London on Sunday 30th June. Look for us at the ‘Donegal Village’ when you get there.
Garry Martin of Donegal County Council, a leading partner in Donegal Connect, says he’ll have lots of information about the project. Famous Donegal goalie Packie Bonner, and the new Cathaoirleach of Donegal Co Council, Cllr Nicholas Crossan will join Garry at Tir Chonaill Park.
“Donegal Connect aims to highlight the very significant advancement and investment that has taken place in our county. We also want to highlight opportunities for employment and for further investment. And we also want to focus on the attractiveness of the county as place to vist and to live. We are aiming to do this through engaging with our global network of Donegal diaspora – all those with connections to our county.”
“We’ll have lots of information about Donegal Connect, our 10-days of events from 27th September to 6th October this year. The events showcase our strengths in tourism, business, arts, culture, food & drink and our rich heritage and Irish language.”
Cllr Crossan says there is something for everyone in the programme. “We’ll have world renowned Donegal artists, like Altan, playing at iconic venues across the county. The arts and culture programme includes Donegal plays, exhibitions and concerts.”
“We’ll get you out and about with walks, runs, island visits and a 7 a-side competition. “And you can get a true ‘taste’ of Donegal with the unique food experiences being specially organised as part of the programme and to explore your Donegal heritage, there will be workshops on genealogy.”
Donegal Connect will also have a range of business, investment and skills symposia with key speakers. “For those thinking of moving back home or relocating here, they will also address the practical “ins and outs” of returning to Donegal. You can find all the details at www.donegallconnect.com ” says the Cathaoirleach.
“We’ll be joining Highland Radio, who will be broadcasting from the event, and Glencolmcolle Folk Village. The Folk Village will have displays of traditional craft items, like spinning wheels and turf creels. “
London Irish Vintage Club charity day is an annual event and starts at 12pm at Tir Chonaill Park in Greenford, UB6 0NZ. The Charity Day attracts a large crowd and features vintage cars, tractors and lorries. There’s lots of craic to be had with music and dancing, displays of threshing, sheep shearing, falconry and traditional crafts.
If you are travelling to the Vintage Day here are some details: By Tube – Central Line to Greenford or Piccadilly Line to Sudbury Hill (and then 10- 15 min walk). By Car – via the A40 to Greenford Roundabout and take the Greenford Road towards Harrow. Turn right into Berkeley Avenue which is at the third set of traffic lights. Postcode for Sat Nav is UB6 0NZ. Car Parking available on site.
Donegal Connect is funded by Fáilte Ireland under the Global Irish Initiative. Additional funding, operational support & sponsorship comes from: Donegal County Council, the Donegal LEO, Donegal Diaspora, Donegal Tourism, Letterkenny Institute of Technology, Údarás na Gaeltachta, IDA Ireland, Donegal Food Coast, Pramerica, Abbots Diabetes Care, Randox, Harvey’s Point Hotel, and Donegal Global Irish.