Donegal Connect https://www.donegalconnect.com 8th October 2020 Wed, 30 Sep 2020 09:28:04 +0000 en-GB hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=5.5.6 Nasc Fíorúil a bheas i Nasc Dhún na nGall 2020 – Cuir d’áit in áirithe anois! https://www.donegalconnect.com/dhun-na-ngall-2020/ https://www.donegalconnect.com/dhun-na-ngall-2020/#respond Tue, 29 Sep 2020 13:33:18 +0000 https://www.donegalconnect.com/?p=50232 Tá Nasc Dhún na nGall 2020 seolta go hoifigiúil agus beidh Clár Imeachtaí lán brí agus eolais ar siúl Déardaoin 8 Deireadh Fómhair.  I measc téamaí na bliana seo beidh an t-athlonnú go Dún na nGall, an chianobair, nuálaíocht ghnó, turasóireacht agus seó mór ceol traidisiúnta. Agus í ag caint ag seoladh Nasc Dhún na […]

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Tá Nasc Dhún na nGall 2020 seolta go hoifigiúil agus beidh Clár Imeachtaí lán brí agus eolais ar siúl Déardaoin 8 Deireadh Fómhair.  I measc téamaí na bliana seo beidh an t-athlonnú go Dún na nGall, an chianobair, nuálaíocht ghnó, turasóireacht agus seó mór ceol traidisiúnta.

Agus í ag caint ag seoladh Nasc Dhún na nGall, dúirt an Clr. Rena Nic Dhonnachaidh, Cathaoirleach ar Chomhairle Contae Dhún na nGall: “is tábhachtaí anois ná riamh coinneáil i dteagmháil leis an Diaspóra s’againne thar lear agus laistigh d’Éirinn.  De bhrí go bhfuil an ócáid ar líne in 2020, thig le muintir Dhún na nGall, ó chian is ó chóngar, bheith páirteach agus iad slán sábháilte sa bhaile, agus thig leo níos mó a fhoghlaim faoi na ghnéithe éagsúla a bhaineann le gnó, turasóireacht agus cultúr i nDún na nGall.”

Beidh trí sheisiún ar siúl mar chuid de Nasc Dhún na nGall 2020. Díreoidh seisiún na maidine ar an Athlonnú go Dún na nGall agus ag obair go cianda ann.  Beidh cainteanna ann ó roinnt daoine a bhog go Dún na nGall, daoine atá ag obair go cianda laistigh den chontae, agus eolas faoi na tacaíochtaí atá ar fáil do dhaoine a d’aistrigh anseo nó atá ag smaointiú ar aistriú anseo.

Dúirt John McLaughlin, Príomh-Fheidhmeannach le Comhairle Contae Dhún na nGall: “le roinnt míonna anuas tá suim mhór léirithe ag daoine teacht go Dún na nGall le cónaí ann.  Is deis é Nasc Dhún na nGall chun eolas a scaipeadh faoin nascacht agus faoin bhonneagar digiteach atá againn anseo agus chun an contae a thaispeáint mar áit iontach le cónaí agus gnó a dhéanamh ann, bíodh sin go cianda nó trí cheann den iliomad mol digiteach atá againn a úsáid.

Virtual Donegal Connect

Foreground L – R: John McLaughlin, Chief Executive Donegal County Council and Cllr. Rena Donaghy, Cathaoirleach Donegal County Council.
Background L – R: Donegal County Council Team, Garry Martin, Steven Perry, Maria Gallagher, Ciaran Martin, Michael Tunney and JoAnne Kilmartin

Nuálaíocht Ghnó

Agus earnáil láidir rafar FinTech bunaithe laistigh de Dhún na nGall cheana féin, díreoidh seisiún an tráthnóna ar an nuálaíocht i measc Lucht Ghnó Dhún na nGall. Beidh cainteanna ó Joe Dunleavy, Pramerica, agus ón Dr. Gillian Doyle, bunaitheoir de chuid Cerebon, agus ó Three Ireland atá ar thús cadhnaíochta chun nascacht a bhunú agus a neartú in Árainn Mhór.  Beidh deis ag an lucht freastail eispéireas fíorúil turasóireachta de Dhún na nGall a fháil, agus gheobhaidh siad spléachadh ar a bhfuil le tairiscint ag an réigiún do chuairteoirí.

Eispéireas Ceol Traidisiúnta agus Comhaimseartha

Chun críoch a chur leis an ócáid beidh seisiún ceoil lán saibhris ar siúl do na haíonna, agus beidh trí bhuíon cheoil ar leith ann.  Beidh an bhuíon cheoil Cherish the Ladies as New York ag séinm, chomh maith le Irish Devri as Bostón, dhá bhuíon a bhfuil an-cheangal acu leis an Diaspóra. Lena chois sin, beidh In Their Thousands ag seinm chomh maith, buíon cheoil as Dún na nGall féin.

Clárú don Ócáid

Dúirt an Stiúrthóir Forbartha Eacnamaíochta agus Córas Faisnéise, Garry Martin, mar fhocal scoir: “mholfaimis d’Úinéirí Gnó agus d’Fheidhmeannaigh Ghnó go háitiúil bheith páirteach i Nasc Dhún na nGall 2020 chun níos mó a fhoghlaim faoi ábhair amhail An Chianobair agus an Nuálaíochta a d’fhéadfadh a dhul chun sochair go mór dóibh.

Fá choinne tuilleadh eolais ar Nasc Dhún na nGall agus le ticéid a chur in áirithe don ócáid in 2020 féach ar shuíomh idirlín Nasc Dhún na nGall anseo, rphost info@donegaldiaspora.ie, nó cuir scairt ar +353 74 9160735.

 

 

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Virtual Donegal Connect 2020 announced – Book your place now! https://www.donegalconnect.com/virtual-donegal-connect-2020/ https://www.donegalconnect.com/virtual-donegal-connect-2020/#respond Mon, 28 Sep 2020 15:13:57 +0000 https://www.donegalconnect.com/?p=50213

Donegal Connect 2020 – Register Now

Donegal Connect 2020 has been officially launched with an exciting and informative Programme of Events to take place virtually on Thursday October 8th. Key themes for this year’s event will include relocating to Donegal, remote working, business innovation, tourism and a traditional Irish music extravaganza.

Speaking at the launch of Donegal Connect, Cathaoirleach of Donegal County Council Cllr. Rena Donaghy said ‘’it is so important now more than ever to reach out to our Diaspora both abroad and within Ireland. By having our 2020 event online, the people of Donegal near and far can participate in the safety of their own homes and learn more about the various aspects of Donegal business, tourism and culture that will be showcased.’’

Relocating to and Remote Working in Donegal

Donegal Connect 2020 will be split into three sessions. The morning session will focus on Relocating to Donegal and Remote Working. It will feature talks from some who have made the move to Donegal, people who are working remotely within the county and supports available for those who have or are considering making the move.

John McLaughlin, Chief Executive of Donegal County Council stated that ‘’we have seen huge interest in people wanting to make Donegal their home in recent months. Donegal Connect provides an opportunity to highlight the great connectivity and digital infrastructure we have here and to showcase our county as a great place to do business and work, whether remotely or through one of our numerous digital hubs.

Business Innovation

With an established and expanding FinTech sector within Donegal, the afternoon session will focus on Innovation among Donegal’s Business Community with talks from Pramerica’s Joe Dunleavy, Cerebon Founder Dr. Gillian Doyle and Three Ireland who have been paramount in establishing connectivity on Arranmore Island. Attendees will also be able to enjoy a virtual reality tourism experience of Donegal and give a glimpse of what the region has to offer visitors.

Traditional and Contemporary Music Experience

To bring the event to a close an engaging music session will provide rich entertainment for guests with appearances from three different bands. The set will feature New York based Cherish The Ladies and Bostonian Irish Devri, both with strong Diaspora connections along with Donegal’s own In Their Thousands.

Event Booking

Director of Economic Development and Information Systems, Garry Martin concluded, ‘’we would also encourage local Business Owners and Executives to take part in Donegal Connect 2020 to learn more about topics such as Remote Working and Innovation which could be of great benefit to them”.

For more information on Donegal Connect and to book tickets for the 2020 click on Register Now below or email info@donegaldiaspora.ie, or call +353 74 9160735.

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Technological Change Can Drive Job & Career Opportunities https://www.donegalconnect.com/technological-change-can-drive-job-career-opportunities/ https://www.donegalconnect.com/technological-change-can-drive-job-career-opportunities/#respond Fri, 20 Sep 2019 16:46:48 +0000 https://www.donegalconnect.com/?p=50014 We need to understand the rapid pace of technological change in the workplace if we are to take advantage of the job and career opportunities this brings. This is the subject of an ICT/Fintech Symposium taking place as part of Donegal Connect on Friday 4th October 2-4pm in Pramerica, Letterkenny. “So many roles have become […]

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We need to understand the rapid pace of technological change in the workplace if we are to take advantage of the job and career opportunities this brings. This is the subject of an ICT/Fintech Symposium taking place as part of Donegal Connect on Friday 4th October 2-4pm in Pramerica, Letterkenny.

“So many roles have become automated and transformed by the Digital Revolution,” according to David Roche, Director of FinTech Services & Head of CSR (Corporate Social Responsibility) with Pramerica.

“Artificial Intelligence, Machine Learning, Cyber Security, AR, VR and the Internet of Things are constantly growing & adding value. All of these things create change, but they also offer opportunities for new jobs in technology and above all enhancing/satisfying customer expectations.”

“The great thing about these kinds of jobs and new opportunities, is that you can constantly upskill, so you don’t end up doing the same thing all the time. We’ll be talking about the changes and the opportunities involved at this symposium, which is titled Navigating Future of Work.”

David says the symposium is aimed at everyone who needs to understand that the future of work will afford us many new opportunities. “Students, careers counsellors, principals/teachers, and people who work in ICT, FinTech, Med Tech and other tech sector businesses will benefit from hearing from companies within the ICT/FinTech sector.”

“We talk about the future of work but in some ways it’s already here,” says David. “The challenge now is NAVIGATING it and understanding the framework and the new disruptive technologies that will offer these new opportunities. So, the symposium sets out to explore 5 key trends: New Behaviours, Technologies, Millenials in the Workplace, Mobility and Globalisation.”

MC and Keynote speaker at this event will be Dr. Clare Ryan, Co-Founder and Sales Director, ITUS Secure Technologies Ltd and other speakers include David Roche and Padraic Lynch, Lecturer in Department of Design & Creative Media at LYIT.

This event is being organised by the Donegal ICT/FinTech Group. The group was established in 2018 following the publication of a skills report by the North West Regional Skills Forum Manager. The skills report identified the potential of the ICT/FinTech sector in the North West but also warned against challenges in relation to recruitment in the coming years.

A working group comprised of Donegal ICT/FinTech employers, Donegal ETB, LYIT, and the Regional Skills Forum was established. The overall objective of the group is to promote working and studying in ICT/FinTech in Donegal. The group engages with the various stakeholders in post-primary education including teachers, students, parents, Principals and Guidance Counsellors. In addition, the group collaborates with new programme development, changes to existing programmes, guest lectures, study trips, training for existing employees and research.

Attendance at this event is free but booking is essential. Details and booking here:

Donegal Connect is a Donegal County Council initiative in association with the Donegal Local Enterprise Office, Donegal Diaspora, Donegal Tourism, Letterkenny Institute of Technology, Údarás na Gaeltachta, IDA Ireland, Donegal Food Coast, Pramerica, Abbots Diabetes Care, Randox and Donegal Global Irish. Donegal Connect is part funded by Fáilte Ireland under the Global Irish Festival series.

 

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Small Business Can Boost Donegal’s Growth https://www.donegalconnect.com/small-business-can-boost-donegals-growth/ https://www.donegalconnect.com/small-business-can-boost-donegals-growth/#respond Fri, 20 Sep 2019 16:35:59 +0000 https://www.donegalconnect.com/?p=50011 With over 10,000 small businesses in the county, they could be the biggest drivers of jobs and economic growth in Donegal, if they have the right support. That’s according to head of enterprise with Donegal Local Enterprise Office, Michael Tunney. Michael is calling on small business owners to come together at a special Donegal Connect […]

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With over 10,000 small businesses in the county, they could be the biggest drivers of jobs and economic growth in Donegal, if they have the right support. That’s according to head of enterprise with Donegal Local Enterprise Office, Michael Tunney.

Michael is calling on small business owners to come together at a special Donegal Connect interactive conference on ‘Driving the County Forward’. The conference runs from from 8am to 2pm on Wednesday 2nd October at the Radisson Blu Hotel in Letterkenny.

“Over 92% of businesses in Donegal have 10 or less employees and they have huge potential to grow and boost their profits, income and jobs. They’d benefit from this growth, and so would the entire county. But to achieve this, these businesses need to be ambitious and they must get the kind of support they need from the public sector agencies.”

“Donegal Connect is about creating opportunities for the county. Now’s the time for business to tap into those opportunities. To make this happen, the public and private sector need to work hand in glove to create a shared vision for the county’s future.  This conference gives us an opportunity to work on this vision as a team.”

“Over 10,000 businesses in Donegal employ over 44,000 people– according to the last available figures in 2017. If we could achieve a 20% increase in the next three years, we would have almost 53,000 employed in the private sector in our county. That’s worth working towards.”

Director of Economic Development with Donegal County Council, Garry Martin, will present a vision for the county at the event. The conference will also hear from a range of local businesses who have succeeded by creating and fulfilling ambitious plans. These include Seaquest Systems, Lottie Dolls, Irish Pressings, and Irish Premium Oysters. “And we will also hear from serial entrepreneur Cathal McGloin who has succeeded in establishing a number of UCT businesses in the US,” adds Michael.

 “The conference, as well as channelling our public sector and our businesses, will also give a chance for everyone to give their own feedback on moving forward together.”

Attendance is free but booking is essential. For information and booking click here.

Donegal Connect is a Donegal County Council initiative in association with the Donegal Local Enterprise Office, Donegal Diaspora, Donegal Tourism, Letterkenny Institute of Technology, Údarás na Gaeltachta, IDA Ireland, Donegal Food Coast, Pramerica, Abbots Diabetes Care, Randox and Donegal Global Irish. Donegal Connect is part funded by Fáilte Ireland under the Global Irish Festival series.

 

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Donegal Connect Launches Short Video Competition https://www.donegalconnect.com/donegal-connect-launches-30-second-video-competition/ https://www.donegalconnect.com/donegal-connect-launches-30-second-video-competition/#respond Wed, 28 Aug 2019 09:45:13 +0000 https://www.donegalconnect.com/?p=49781 Donegal Connect has launched a short video competition which aims to follow up on the huge success of #LoveDonegal day earlier this month. “We’re inviting people to enter videos of 30 seconds or less about ‘their’ Donegal,” says Donegal Connect spokesperson Joanne Kilmartin. The prize is a three course dinner in Cedars Restaurant and overnight […]

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Donegal Connect has launched a short video competition which aims to follow up on the huge success of #LoveDonegal day earlier this month. “We’re inviting people to enter videos of 30 seconds or less about ‘their’ Donegal,” says Donegal Connect spokesperson Joanne Kilmartin.

The prize is a three course dinner in Cedars Restaurant and overnight stay for two people with full Irish breakfast at the fabulous 5 star Lough Eske Castle Hotel in Donegal!

Video Competition Guidelines

“We are looking for people who can let their passion for their county leap right off the screen,” says Joanne Kilmartin, the Donegal Diaspora officer with Donegal County Council – a lead partner in the Donegal Connect project. “#LoveDonegal day got an incredible response from what was mainly pictures and short messages alone. You can tell an even better story with video, and that is what this competition is about.”

“So, in 2 minutes or less, tell us about the unique things, places or people you love most about Donegal. Tell the world what’s so amazing about living here, working here, or running your own business here. Tell them why it’s such an incredible place to visit or why they should invest in Donegal. But most of all, we want to hear YOUR story, told your own unique way.”

“We’re absolutely delighted to sponsor this video competition,” says Donal Cox, General Manager of Lough Eske Castle. “We can’t wait to hear short stories from our friends, guests and locals as to why Donegal has a special place in their heart.”

Selecting the Video Competition Winner

Selection of the winner will be carried out by a panel of judges, which includes Ciara Sugrue, Head of Festivals with Fáilte Ireland. “This video competition is an ideal way to share your own special vision of Donegal to a global online audience,” says Ciara.  “It’s also a great way to promote Donegal and inspire people to come and see it for themselves.”

The other judges are: Michael Tunney, Head of Enterprise with Donegal LEO, Anne Marie Conlon, Communications Manager with Donegal County Council, video producer Paul McGuckin of Landscape Ireland, hotel and tourism expert Deirdre McGlone, and PR expert Trish Hegarty of Inis Communications.   The winner will be announced on Monday 16th September.

The competition opens today (Wednesday 28th August) and closes at 5pm on Monday 9th September. To enter, you must be aged 18 or over. Check out all the details and conditions here: https://www.donegalconnect.com/donegal-connect-video-competition/

Donegal Connect is staging over 50 business, arts, food, heritage, music, sport, Irish language, family  and outdoor events from 27th September to 6th October 2019. The public/private sector project is funded by Fáilte Ireland under the Global Irish Initiative. Additional funding, operational support and sponsorship comes from: Donegal County Council, the Donegal Local Enterprise Office, Donegal Diaspora, Donegal Tourism, Letterkenny Institute of Technology, Udaras na Gaeltachta, IDA Ireland, Donegal Food Coast, Pramerica, Abbots Diabetes Care, Randox, Harvey’s Point Hotel, and Donegal Global Irish.

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#LoveDonegal Campaign Reaches Over 33 million https://www.donegalconnect.com/lovedonegal-campaign-reaches-over-33-million/ https://www.donegalconnect.com/lovedonegal-campaign-reaches-over-33-million/#respond Fri, 23 Aug 2019 10:40:04 +0000 https://www.donegalconnect.com/?p=1103 The #LoveDonegal day campaign reached worldwide audiences of over 33 million people, trended at Number 1 in Ireland, and trended in the UK and the US. “We have all been totally overwhelmed not just by the statistics but by the sheer strength of the human response to #LoveDonegal day” says Garry Martin, director of service […]

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The #LoveDonegal day campaign reached worldwide audiences of over 33 million people, trended at Number 1 in Ireland, and trended in the UK and the US.

“We have all been totally overwhelmed not just by the statistics but by the sheer strength of the human response to #LoveDonegal day” says Garry Martin, director of service with Donegal County Council.  The council are a lead partner in Donegal Connect, the public/private sector project behind #LoveDonegal Day. Donegal Connect are holding over 50 events from 27th September to 6th October this year.

“We want to say a huge thank you to all the people in Donegal and all over the world who took part, and particularly to all those individuals and organisations who worked hard to spread the word to others.”

“The first indication of success was when we began to trend the night before. On the 14th August, we trended at the Number 1 spot in Ireland from 7am straight through to 7pm,” says Garry. “We trended at Number 1 in Belfast, at No 29 in the UK, and also trended briefly in the US.”

“People really engaged with the campaign too. The total number of Tweets & Retweets, Facebook and Instagram posts, and other interactions was over 290,000,” adds Garry. “People posted pictures of their favourite landscapes, days out, things to do, their communities, why they loved to visit, work or live in Donegal.”

“These are all the things we wanted to promote about our amazing county for Donegal Connect, so we are absolutely delighted not just with the statistics but with the outpouring of genuine love and affection for Donegal. It was an incredible day, and people are still posting #LoveDonegal.”

Remote Working ‘Hotdesks’ for Donegal Connect

“We’ve had lots of enquiries since #LoveDonegal day from people interested in moving home or relocating here,” says Joanne Kilmartin, the Donegal Diaspora officer for the county.

“So many entrepreneurs in Donegal emphasise just what a great place it is to do business, and we’d like to give people a taste of that. So, as part of Donegal Connect 2019, we’re offering hotdesk facilities to anyone who wants to travel here to attend our events but may need to work while they are here.”

“For Donegal Connect, a range of community and public sector groups are offering high speed broadband in a fully equipped workspace at 8 locations across the county from Inishowen to Arranmore Island,” says Joanne. “So business owners or employees get a chance to work outside their traditional office environment during Donegal Connect. It also gives those with limited leave in the final quarter of the year to come to Donegal to join us for some of the programme.”

“The hotdesks initiative is about promoting the county as a place where anyone can leverage technology in order to work remotely in one of the most beautiful counties in Ireland.” To enquire about booking a hotdesk please email Joanne at info@donegaldiaspora.ie.

Donegal Connect is staging over 50 business, arts, food, heritage, music, sport, Irish language, family  and outdoor events from 27th September to 6th October 2019. The public/private sector project is funded by Fáilte Ireland under the Global Irish Initiative. Additional funding, operational support and sponsorship comes from: Donegal County Council, the Donegal Local Enterprise Office, Donegal Diaspora, Donegal Tourism, Letterkenny Institute of Technology, Udaras na Gaeltachta, IDA Ireland, Donegal Food Coast, Pramerica, Abbots Diabetes Care, Randox, Harvey’s Point Hotel, and Donegal Global Irish.

For further information about Donegal Connect and the programme of events, go to www.donegalconnect.com

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#LoveDonegal Campaign Launched https://www.donegalconnect.com/lovedonegal-campaign-launched/ https://www.donegalconnect.com/lovedonegal-campaign-launched/#respond Mon, 12 Aug 2019 09:56:29 +0000 https://www.donegalconnect.com/?p=1084 Donegal Connect has issued a worldwide appeal for people to support #LoveDonegal day on Twitter on 14th August. If everyone acts together, then we can get Donegal trending,” says Joanne Kilmartin, Donegal Diaspora officer for the county, who’s on the Donegal Connect county-wide project team. “We want everyone in Donegal, everyone from Donegal, everyone with […]

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Donegal Connect has issued a worldwide appeal for people to support #LoveDonegal day on Twitter on 14th August. If everyone acts together, then we can get Donegal trending,” says Joanne Kilmartin, Donegal Diaspora officer for the county, who’s on the Donegal Connect county-wide project team.

“We want everyone in Donegal, everyone from Donegal, everyone with Donegal connections and everyone who loves Donegal to get involved,” says Joanne. “Just Tweet about Donegal, your life or business or community here, your Donegal roots, or why you love to visit Donegal. Add the hashtag #LoveDonegal and if you are Tweeting ‘as Gaeilge’, then please also add #DunnanGallAbú to your Tweet too.”

“If you can add a picture, that’s even better! We’ve already got great support from people like Daniel and Majella, Packie Bonner, Sarah Jessica Parker, Game of Thrones actor Art Parkinson, former Ireland rugby player Nora Stapleton, and a wide range of social media influencers. To be honest, we’re delighted with the response to date.”

Donegal Connect is a public/private sector project which works to strengthen our links with the Donegal Diaspora to benefit both them and the county, says Joanne. “We want more people to visit, take jobs here, invest in the county, start business here, relocate or retire here, to grow our local economy.

The project’s main funder is Fáilte Ireland, via the Global Irish Festival Series Fund. Wild Atlantic Way Manager Joan Crawford says “#LoveDonegal is a great opportunity to engage with people in the world who have a fond connection with this spectacular county and want to share a piece of ‘their’ Donegal”.

Donegal County Cathaoirleach Cllr Nicholas Crossan is urging everyone to get involved on 14th August. “#LoveDonegal day is a great opportunity for individuals, families, organisations, clubs and businesses in Donegal to tell as many people as possible around the world about our amazing County and what we have to offer people who are thinking about visiting, relocating or investing in Donegal.”

What to Tweet for #LoveDonegal Day

If you live in Donegal, Tweet about your community, your business, your family, your work, where you live, your sports team or club – basically anything! – using the hashtag #LoveDonegal.

If you don’t live here but visit or have roots here, you can Tweet about e.g. what you love about Donegal, favourite places, people & things to do here, using the hashtag #LoveDonegal.

Add a photo to your Tweet too, if you can.  You can post to Instagram as well, if you have an account and have time, but Twitter is our priority on the day. Tweets/posts can talk about:

  • visiting or travelling around Donegal,
  • the people of Donegal,
  • the landscape, coastline or islands of Donegal….
  • music, arts, sport, marine, business, culture & food,
  • the Gaeltacht and the Irish language

You can take part by:

  • Tweeting personally from your personal account using #LoveDonegal
  • Tweeting from your work, club our group Twitter accounts, if available
  • Posting your Donegal pictures to Twitter (and Instagram too,) adding #LoveDonegal
  • Retweeting other #LoveDonegal tweets
  • Asking your friends & family at home and abroad to join in

See details here, including some sample Tweets. Eolas as Gaeilge anseo. Enquiries to info@donegaldiaspora.ie

Donegal Connect is funded by Fáilte Ireland under the Global Irish Initiative. Additional funding, operational support and sponsorship comes from: Donegal County Council, the Donegal Local Enterprise Office, Donegal Diaspora, Donegal Tourism, Letterkenny Institute of Technology, Udaras na Gaeltachta, IDA Ireland, Donegal Food Coast, Pramerica, Abbots Diabetes Care, Randox, Harvey’s Point Hotel, and Donegal Global Irish.

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AN EVENING WITH THE 2019 TIP O’NEILL AWARD RECIPIENTS https://www.donegalconnect.com/an-evening-with-the-2019-tip-oneill-award-recipients/ https://www.donegalconnect.com/an-evening-with-the-2019-tip-oneill-award-recipients/#respond Thu, 08 Aug 2019 11:35:43 +0000 https://www.donegalconnect.com/?p=1057 On the eve of the Donegal Connect launch, Donegal County Council in collaboration with Ulster University at Magee presents this very special evening: A Life Stories Event with Professor Paul Moore. Come along and enjoy an informal evening with the 2019 Tip O’Neill Award Recipients:  Frank McGuinness A native of Buncrana, author and playwright Frank […]

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On the eve of the Donegal Connect launch, Donegal County Council in collaboration with Ulster University at Magee presents this very special evening: A Life Stories Event with Professor Paul Moore. Come along and enjoy an informal evening with the 2019 Tip O’Neill Award Recipients:

 Frank McGuinness

A native of Buncrana, author and playwright Frank McGuinness is best known for his plays including The Factory Girls, Observe the Sons of Ulster Marching Towards the Somme, Someone Who’ll Watch Over Me and Dolly West’s Kitchen.  He is celebrated as one of Ireland’s greatest living writers.

Pat Doherty

Employing over 500 staff across the local community and generating over €100M in revenue in Donegal over the last 10 years, Pat Doherty “The Donegal Man” has never forgotten his roots returning to Buncrana regularly.

Patrick C. Dunican Jr

Patrick C. Dunican Jr is Chairman and Managing Director at Gibbons Law Firm, based in Newark, New Jersey.  He is recognised not only as a leader in the legal industry but also as a community leader in the United States.  Mr. Dunican’s four grandparents emigrated to the United States from Counties Donegal, Sligo, Offaly and Mayo.

Daniel J. Hilferty

Daniel J. Hilferty is Chief Executive Officer of Independence Health Group, parent of Independence Blue Cross, one of the leading health insurers in the US. Since becoming CEO in 2010, the company has tripled in size, expanding through its affiliates to 25 states and the District of Columbia, and serving nearly 8 million people across the US.  Mr. Hilferty has direct family ties to Termon, County Donegal.


The evening will commence with a drinks reception at 6.30 p.m. to begin at 7.00 p.m. sharp.
This event is free but booking is essential here on Donegal Local Enterprise Office website.

 

 

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Donegal Connect Programme Launched https://www.donegalconnect.com/donegal-connect-programme-launched/ https://www.donegalconnect.com/donegal-connect-programme-launched/#respond Wed, 24 Jul 2019 19:00:10 +0000 https://www.donegalconnect.com/?p=855 Donegal Connect has launched the Programme for our 10 days of events running from September 27th – October 6th across the county.  The programme covers over 45 events and it was launched at the Radisson Blu Hotel in Letterkenny on Wednesday 24th June. 

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The Donegal Connect Programme of events has been launched at the Radisson Blu Hotel in Letterkenny. The programme covers  over 45 events taking place over 10 days of events,from September 27th – October 6th across the county.

The launch unveiled details of an 8-week promotional campaign aimed at capturing lots of attention for the events worldwide. “We will be staging a #lovedonegal Twitter day on 14th August, asking everyone with Donegal connections to tell us what they love about our county,” said Michael Tunney of Donegal LEO – a leading partner in the project.

“We’ll be calling on our high-profile Donegal Connect ambassadors like Sarah Jessica Parker, Packie Bonner and others to support the Twitter day, so we are confident this will help us reach even more people.”

“We will also be launching a short video competition on social media, which is for everyone – you don’t have to be a professional to enter. We want to harness the talent and creativity of ordinary people in how they portray Donegal in 20 seconds or less. And we want and to share their vision of Donegal and their pride in our county, to create an online global buzz.”

“But none of this would be possible with the funding and support we have received from Fáilte Ireland under the Global Irish Initiative,” said Michael. “The Donegal Connect project is extremely grateful that we now have this chance to extend our reach across the world.”

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Joan Crawford, Programme Manager, Wild Atlantic Way, Failte Ireland, at the launch of Donegal Connect Programme of Events

Donegal Connect Programme Details

The programme of events was officially launched by the Cathaoirleach  of Donegal County Council, Cllr Nicholas Crossan. “Donegal Connect aims to entice all those with Donegal roots home to visit, to work, to retire, to invest, or to start a business,” said Cllr Crossan.  “So the programme will have something for everyone and will showcase just how much we have to offer here. Full details are on the website for the main programme, and the fringe programme.”

Feast for the Senses

Speaking at the launch, Cllr Crossan said music highlights for Donegal Connect include Altan and Christy Moore.  “We will have a feast for the senses with a spectacular LUXE carnival, plus art exhibitions on Gaeltacht life, and women & emigration. And Donegal Food Coast events will offer a real taste of our local seafood and produce, and culinary skills.”

“If you want to explore your Donegal roots, then there are workshops in how to trace your genealogy and clan gatherings. Get outdoors with walks, tours, Gaelic football, golf, island trips and a half marathon. There will be family fun, poetry, songs and choirs. Lá na Gaeltachta will highlight our rich Gaeltacht heritage and its future growth.”

“So, there are lots of reasons for you to come along to our events and to invite family and friends to join us,” said Cllr Crossan.

Focus on Business and Growth

“But Donegal Connect is also about creating opportunities for economic growth,” Council Chief Executive, Seamus Neely, told the launch. “Special events will explore business and investment opportunities. We will also have a focus on education and career development, showcasing what local employers have to offer. And the programme includes networking events and workshops on the practicalities of relocating or returning to Donegal.”

Donegal Connect is about creating a global network of those with Donegal roots or connections, said the chief executive. “It’s about giving this Diaspora a chance to ‘connect’ with Donegal and with one another for the benefit of all of us. By connecting with our Diaspora, we want to create new opportunities for our county – investment, business development and job opportunities.”

Special Offers for Donegal Connect

“If friends or family are coming home for Donegal Connect, let them know there’s a range of travel offers available, said Garry Martin, Director of Service with Donegal County Council.  “These include discounts on US flights – which have now been extended to the end of August for booking.”

Garry says there are fly-break packages from Glasgow and Dublin. “There is also a Vouchers book of special offers for Donegal Connect, which cover discounts on accommodation, attractions and activities.”  You can download your own Vouchers Book from the website here:

Book Now for Donegal Connect

To find out more or to book events, go to www.donegalconnect.com  email info@donegaldiaspora.ie  or call +353 74 9160735 for information.

Donegal Connect is funded by Fáilte Ireland under the Global Irish Initiative. Additional funding, operational support and sponsorship comes from: Donegal County Council, the Donegal Local Enterprise Office, Donegal Diaspora, Donegal Tourism, Letterkenny Institute of Technology, Udaras na Gaeltachta, IDA Ireland, Donegal Food Coast, Pramerica, Abbots Diabetes Care, Randox, Harvey’s Point Hotel, and Donegal Global Irish.

 

 

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Special Offers for Donegal Connect https://www.donegalconnect.com/special-offers-for-donegal-connect/ Thu, 11 Jul 2019 10:42:39 +0000 https://rubyrosecreative.com/client/dc/?p=281 Donegal Connect has launched a Vouchers book of special offers for Donegal Connect, which cover discounts on flights from US, as well as discounts on accommodation, attractions and activities.

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Donegal Connect has launched a Vouchers book of special offers for Donegal Connect, which cover discounts on flights from US, as well as discounts on accommodation, attractions and activities. You can download our Vouchers Book here.

Special Flight Offer for US Donegal Diaspora

One of the highlights of these offers is for US visitors travelling to attend Donegal Connect, which takes place from 27th September to 6th October across the county. To celebrate this event, Ireland’s Trans-Atlantic Airline, Aer Lingus, has created a fantastic special discount to US customers. The offer includes $100 off a Return Economy or $200 off a Return Business flight. For One Way journeys, half the discount applies in both Economy & Business. Travel dates must be from September 9th to October 27th 2019, with return travel during or after Donegal Connect. Booking for this offer has now been extended to 30th August 2019, using the Promo Code ‘DONEGAL19’ on www.aerlingus.ie

Glasgow and Dublin Fly-Breaks

If you are coming to Donegal Connect from Glasgow or Dublin, then Donegal Airport has some great value packages for you. Return flights from Glasgow to Donegal, with 2 nights B&B and Car Hire costs from just €249pp. Return flights from Dublin to Donegal, with 2 nights B&B and Car Hire costs from just €199pp weekends and €179 midweek.  Email flybreaks@donegalairport.ie or call +353 7495 48284 to book.

Other Special Offers for Donegal Connect

A large range of 3, 4 and 5* Donegal hotels are offering various discounts of up to 20% off accommodation. They  are also offering special packages linked to the  celebrations. There is a total of 26 hotel or accommodation offers which include special accommodation packages. They also include accommodation packages which are combined with extras such as entry to attractions, guided tours, activities. Finally, there are also discounts on car hire, attractions like Glenveagh National Park and activities like Donegal Adventure Centre and Donegal Food Tours.

About Donegal Connect

Donegal Connect is a collaborative project between the private and public sector in Donegal aimed at boosting visitor numbers and creating new opportunities for our county.

Through the project we want to engage with our Diaspora, both overseas and within Ireland, and anyone considering coming to Ireland. We want to entice them to make the journey to Donegal to explore the county and to find out why it is a wonderful county to visit, to invest in, to live in and be educated in.

Donegal Connect Events

Donegal Connect has something for everyone. We will have world renowned Donegal artists playing at iconic venues throughout the county. Our arts and culture programme includes Donegal plays. We will have a range of business, investment and skills symposia with key speakers. We’ll get you out and about with walks, runs, island visits and a 7 a-side competition. You can get a true ‘taste’ of Donegal with the unique food experiences being specially organised as part of the programme.To explore your heritage, we will have workshops on genealogy. And we will also address and the practical “ins and outs” of returning to Donegal.

For more information, check out our list of events or contact Joanne Kilmartin at Donegal LEO at tel: +353 74 916 0735 or  email: joanne.kilmartin@leo.donegalcoco.ie

Donegal Connect is staging over 50 business, arts, food, heritage, music, sport, Irish language, family  and outdoor events from 27th September to 6th October 2019. The public/private sector project is funded by Fáilte Ireland under the Global Irish Initiative. Additional funding, operational support and sponsorship comes from: Donegal County Council, the Donegal Local Enterprise Office, Donegal Diaspora, Donegal Tourism, Letterkenny Institute of Technology, Udaras na Gaeltachta, IDA Ireland, Donegal Food Coast, Pramerica, Abbots Diabetes Care, Randox, Harvey’s Point Hotel, and Donegal Global Irish.

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