The launch of Donegal Connect took place at Donegal Airport on Friday 1st March. The Donegal Connect project aims to attract our Donegal Diaspora back to the County for a week-long celebration this autumn (27th September to 6th October).

“Through reconnecting with our Diaspora we aim to create new opportunities for investment, business development and employment,” says Garry Martin, Director of Service with Donegal County Council, a leading partner of the project.
“The primary message that Donegal Connect wants to communicate is that Donegal is open for business, has lots of employment opportunities and offers a great quality of life. Go global but stay local through a vast range of employment opportunities within the county.”

Donegal Connect will run over 10 days from September 27th – October 06th 2019. “It will have something for everyone, says Garry Martin, Director of Service with Donegal County Council, a leading partner of the project. “This includes events focussed on culture and heritage, sport, and music, genealogy events and clan gatherings, employment and business development opportunities, education and career opportunities, networking events and workshops on the practicalities of relocating or returning to Donegal.”

We in Donegal are very fortunate to live in a county of outstanding beauty and one that offers a unique family friendly lifestyle, a fantastic quality of life, a place where investment and employment opportunities exist and where businesses and employees can successfully operate and compete on a global stage through many of our locally based worldwide employers.

“Donegal holds a very strong brand name – from Star Wars filming in Malin Head, to National Geographic voting it the coolest place on the planet in 2017 and more recently Donegal Airport being voted the most scenic landing strip in the world – Donegal is definitely on the map.”

“The objective of Donegal Connect is to entice people to make the journey back to Donegal to explore the county and find out why it is a great county to visit, to relocate to, to grow up in, to be educated in, to work in, to invest in or to retire in,” says Michael Tunney.

“Donegal Connect will give a practical opportunity to the worldwide Donegal Diaspora to ‘connect’ with the people in the county and with one another for the commercial benefit of all. The programme of Donegal Connect in the autumn will give participants a first-hand experience of what it is like to live and do business in the ‘Coolest place on the Planet!”

For more information, check out our list of events or contact Joanne Kilmartin at Donegal LEO at tel: +353 74 916 0735 or  email:

If you missed the launch and want to catch up, check out our video here: