Do you have Donegal roots? If so, then celebrated Celtic and Ireland goalkeeper, Packie Bonner, is inviting you to a special event in Glasgow on 19th June.

“This event’s about launching ‘Donegal Connect’, a week of special events being rolled out later this year across the county and celebrating all that is good about Donegal” says Packie. “The project wants to reach out to the Donegal Diaspora worldwide – all those born in or with connections to Donegal.”

Packie will be joined by Lorraine McIntosh of Deacon Blue and Owen Coyle, ex-Bolton FC Manager, at the Metropolitan Bar, Merchant Square on Wednesday 19th June from 6-8pm, along with representatives from Donegal.

‘Donegal Connect’ aims to boost tourism and business opportunities in Ireland’s northernmost county.  “So it will showcase our county over 10 days of events from 27th September – 6th October 2019.  The public and private sector in this wild and wonderful county have come together for ‘Donegal Connect. The project will highlight Donegal’s strengths in tourism, business, arts & culture, food & drink and our rich heritage and Irish language.”

Packie says Scotland – and Glasgow especially – holds a special place for Donegal people. “The connection is huge. So many waves of emigrants over the years have come to Scotland from Donegal. A lot of people from Donegal came here to work in the steel industry, in fishing and in farming. They had tough times, but it gave them and their families a livelihood and created very strong social and cultural links. Through Donegal Connect we hope to re-establish or consolidate these links and connections.”

“Today, there is so much for Donegal to shout about,” says Lorraine McIntosh of Deacon Blue. “Donegal’s been voted the Coolest Place on the Planet by National Geographic, and Most Scenic Airport in the world – 2 years in a row”

“We’ve hosted Star Wars and the Irish Open golf tournament,” says Packie. “We have 11 fabulous blue-flag beaches – more than any other county. We have the longest coastline in Ireland and the highest accessible seacliffs in Europe.”

About Donegal Connect

Packie 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.”

“They’ll get you out and about with walks, runs, island visits and a 7 a-side competition,” says Owenie Coyle. “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.”

Packie says 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.”

Special Offers for Donegal Connect

Donegal Connect has launched a Vouchers book of special offers for Donegal Connect, which cover discounts on flights, accommodation, attractions and activities. You can download your own Vouchers Book from the website: www.donegalconnect.com – check the News page for details.

Donegal Airport also has a special offer for Glasgow to Donegal flights and 2 nights B&B plus car hire from €249pps. Details from +353 74 9548284 or email flybreaks@donegalairport.ie and Bus Feda is offering one day free bus travel within Donegal on any of their routes during your Donegal Connect stay if you book your return trip from Glasgow with Bus Feda.

Book Now for Donegal Connect

To find out more or to book events, go to the www.donegalconnect.com  or 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.