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Ballybofey Big Birthday Bash

September 27 - September 29

It’s 400 years since a charter first set up a market in the historic town of Ballybofey. To mark this amazing anniversary, Ballybofey is proudly celebrating with a range of cultural and heritage events, including: a Hiring Fair re-enactment; a mini-train ride courtesy of the Donegal Railway Heritage museum; vintage vehicle shows; an Irish coffee competition; street dance performances; a children's tractor run, and much much more.

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Traditional Boats of Ireland – The Dónal Mac Polin Collection

September 27 @ 10:00 am - October 6 @ 4:30 pm

The exhibition will explore the social, economic and political historical legacy of the Decade of Centenaries and its aftermath, in particular the War of Independence, the Civil War and Partition. It will be the culmination of a series of workshops held with heritage/community groups during which they will be encouraged to share their stories and collect any related heritage materials (artefacts, archives, images) for the exhibition in the County Museum.

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Exhibition: The Emigration of Donegal Women, 1845 – 1950

September 27 @ 10:30 am - October 6 @ 4:30 pm

Entitled 'A Long Farewell' this exhibition documents the Emigration of Donegal Women from 1845 to 1950. It is a joint Donegal County Museum/Archives exhibition. It runs from 27th September to 6th October. Please note that a later closing time of 6pm may apply on Saturdays and Sundays.

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Go Visit Donegal – Donegal Bay Drive

September 28

This is the first of four Tourism Tours of the County. Experience the wild and rugged coastline of the Wild Atlantic Way in South Donegal. This trip starts in Donegal Town and takes in Hanna Hats and Magee 1866, Sliabh Liag, where visitors can enjoy panoramic views over Donegal Bay, and a boat trip along the coast. It includes traditional Irish music and locally produced artisan lunch at the Rusty Mackerel Pub Restaurant. Finally, get a real taste of the history, heritage and culture of Donegal at Glencolmcille Folk Village, where you can learn a few words of Irish too.

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Siúlóid Threoraithe ar Ghabhla – Walking Tour of Gola

September 29 @ 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm

Beidh Máirín Jimí Ní Fhearraigh, Bainisteoir Comharchumann na nOileán Beag, ag treorú an siúlóide seo ar Shlí Bhealach na Gaeltachta Ghabhla. The walk will provided a bilingual (Gaeilge and English) account on life on the island and its history and will welcome questions from participants.

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Donegal Genealogy: Who Do You Think You Are?

October 1 @ 10:00 am - 2:00 pm

An Introduction to the Genealogy Resources of Donegal County Council’s Culture Division Donegal Public Centre, Drumlonagher, Donegal Town, Co. Donegal, F94 DK6C Donegal County Council’s Culture Division (Museum, Archives and Library Services) hold fascinating and unique collections of original archives and other resources which can be used to research your family history and Donegal genealogy. Samples of our collections will be available to view on the day. We invite you to discover more about these Donegal Genealogy resources and how you…

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Go Visit Donegal – The Inishowen 100

October 2

Starting at the historic Grianán of Aileach ring fort, this journeythrough Inishowen includes a visit to Fort Dunree, where military history blends seamlessly with the flora and fauna of the coastline. The tour takes in Ireland's most northerly point, Malin Head, the traditional fishing village of Greencastle and Moville, for sea kayaking with Inish Adventures.

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Free Visits To Donegal Heritage Sites

October 2 @ 10:00 am - 5:00 pm

Various locations Take advantage of the fabulous Free Wednesdays' scheme run by Ireland's Office of Public Works (OPW). Under this scheme, landmark places like Donegal Castle in Donegal Town and the Glebe Gallery in Church Hill are free to public on Wednesdays. Donegal Castle was built by the O'Donnell chieftain in the 15th century, beside the River Eske.  It is furnished throughout and includes Persian rugs and French tapestries. Information panels chronicle the history of the Castle owners from the…

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Teach Mhici Mac Gabhann – birth place of Mickey McGowan

October 3 @ 9:00 am - 5:00 pm

Tá turais threoraithe ar fáil ar an teach chomh maith le físeán ar stair an tí do chuairteoirí le suim i gcultúr agus oidhreacht na Contae. For visitors to Donegal keen to find out more about the county’s culture and heritage there are guided tours of the cottage available during which a 15 minute film on the history of the building is also screened.

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Ulster Scots Family History Festival

October 3 @ 12:00 pm - 6:00 pm

The Monreagh Ulster Scots Heritage and Education Centre are hosting this event for anyone who is interested in local or family history. Published authors specialising in history and immigration will share their knowledge. Guests will have an opportunity to discover the many connections that Donegal and the Foyle Valley has across the world and the many famous people who have an association with the area.  The day will include music, song, dance, poetry, and drama.

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Donegal Genealogy: Who Do You Think You Are?

October 4 @ 11:00 am - 2:00 pm

An Introduction to the Genealogy Resources of Donegal County Council’s Culture Division Central Library, Oliver Plunkett Road, Letterkenny, Co Donegal, F92 R273 Donegal County Council’s Culture Division (Museum, Archives and Library Services) hold fascinating and unique collections of original archives and other resources which can be used to research your family history and Donegal genealogy. Samples of our collections will be available to view on the day. We invite you to discover more about these Donegal Genealogy resources and how…

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Go Visit Donegal – Fanad Peninsula to Sheephaven Bay

October 5

The journey begins in Letterkenny with a morning walking tour of the Cathedral Quarter. The trip then continues north to the Fanad Peninsula via Rathmullan & the Flight of the Earls monument. Lunch will be served in Portsalon and then it's on to a tour of Fanad Lighthouse. The trip returns home via Ballyhiernan Bay onto the Rossguill Peninsula in Sheephaven Bay.

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Donegal Fiddlers Glenties Gathering Concert

October 5 @ 9:00 pm

This concert is the highlight of the annual Donegal Fiddlers Gathering, which takes place at the Highlands Hotel, Glenties each October. This year’s event runs from Friday to Sunday, October 3rd to the 5th.  Established in 1983, the programme for the weekend includes classes, performances by special guest fiddle players, talks and occasional recitals.

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Bridge of Tears Walk

October 6 @ 12:00 pm

This 5km Walk leaves from Falcarragh and goes to over the Bridge of Tears - a local landmark which represents so much of the sorrow and loss of emigration.  In the 19th and early 20th century, local families would walk as far as this bridge with their loved ones who were emigrating.

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