Saturday, December 28, 2013

Donegal, The Diamond in 1958

Amazing how much the Diamond has changed since this photo was taken in 1958 the buildings in the background are the same. This is a great full colour photo from that era of what I assume are Gypsys on the Diamond, maybe during Market Day?
Thanks to Nick The Batman on Flickr! :)

Sunday, December 15, 2013

Donegal's Cargo Defenders!

Cargo Defenders

A County Donegal firm, Cargo Defenders, are producing tools to better secure tractor trailers with curtain sides and/or box trailers. HGV Ireland has an article about the company and their products:

The founders of the company are from Inishowen and received start-up capital and other prizes from The Dragon Factor.

The Dragon Factor, brainchild of the voluntary committee at Craoibhin, was inspired by the success of RTE’s Dragon’s Den. The committee launched this idea earlier this year in hope of injecting new optimism into the local economy, in some small way.
Inviting the people of Donegal to come forward with their ideas with the prospect of starting their own business, applicants were asked to think about the market they are operating in, who their customers are, how they are going to generate income, what makes them different, what the costs are, both once-off start up costs and first year operational costs and where they want to see their business idea in 12 months time.
Read more about The Dragon Factor at their Web site at:
I think this is a great way to encourage and promote local businesses.

Saturday, December 07, 2013

Where to order Gifts for Delivery in Ireland

For many of us expats it can hard to get presents for family in Ireland. Internet shopping has made it easier to buy gifts for friends and family in Ireland and have these gifts delivered. This list is gleamed from a posting on Reddit.

I've separated this into Irish and non-Irish sites and then individual categories.

Irish Sites



Free shipping over €10:



Based in Dublin, order online only, free delivery or pick up in person: 

Gift Baskets


Button & Bow Factory, hand-craft by Irish artisans or something:

Pharmacy and Gifts

Cara Pharmacy.

Based on West coast, can pick up items in shops or pay for delivery, they have locations in Donegal Town and Bundoran:

Phone Cases


Hairy Baby, Irish themed humourous T-shirts:



Irish TV shows etc, also including Irish related books.

Non-Irish sites

Use Parcel Post to get UK or NI shipping rates. This is useful if you live in Ireland and are near a Parcel Motel office, basically they will provide you with a UK PO Box and then delivery your packages to one of their Irish offices for fee.


Book Depository, free shipping world-wide including Ireland. Often their prices are lower than Amazon.

Everything sites

Sites that sell everything, from books to electronics to clothing to toys etc.


During the checkout process select Super Saver Shipping to get free shipping on all or many items to Ireland but only if your order is over 25 pounds sterling:

House of Fraser 

Free shipping to Ireland on orders over 50 sterling:   

Musical Instruments

I've duplicate this as a page on the blog, it's available at:
 Or go to the and click on the Tab at the top of the page.

Sunday, September 22, 2013

Ireland's best Carvery is in Donegal.

Harvey's Point Sunday Carvery has been voted the best Carvery in Ireland. Harvey's Point is situated on the shores of Lough Eske outside of Donegal Town.

From the Donegal Democrat:
Carving the Meat

Harvey’s Point made it through a six-week long public vote, before a team of mystery shoppers led by Head Judge and Business Development Chef at Unilever Food Solutions, Mark McCarthy, selected them as one of just 24 finalists. Harvey’s Point then beat off stiff competition from its rivals to be crowned Ireland’s Great Carvery Hotel of the Year 2013 at the Dublin awards presentation.
Read more at the Democrat, and reviews from Tripadvisor. Remember, the Carvery is only on Sundays and it does be busy, phone ahead for a reservation:
  • Call 074 9722208 if your inside of Ireland.
  • Call + 353 74 9722208 if your phoning internationally.
Details about the Carvery are available at Harvey's Web site at:
Some photos from the Carvery on September 22nd from Matt Britton:

Cold Plates and Salmon

Friday, September 20, 2013

The Johnny Doherty Festival 2013

This is a great festival that is happening in Ardara from September 26th to September 29th 2013:

See for more information.

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Tuesday, August 20, 2013

Zack on the Telly!

Our friend and fellow townie Zack Gallagher is one of the Entrepreneurs shown in this Guinness Advert for the Arthur Guinness Projects.

Vote for Zack's Food Tours Project at:

Monday, August 19, 2013

Donegal Town Community Band win 2013 All Ireland Junior Champions

When they arrived home on Sunday night they played a few tunes on the Diamond (thanks to Zack Gallagher of Irish Food Tours for the Video):


Poor things must have been tired! This is the second year they've won the championship, here's video of them arriving (on the coach) to celebrations in the town: 

Sunday, August 18, 2013

Heritage Week 2013

Ireland's 2013 Heritage Week starts today, with many events taking place in County Donegal:

Donegal County Council say that there's over 40 events this week in the county:

There's at least 3 events in Donegal Town, with 2 at Old Castle (one is today):

Family Fun Day at Donegal Castle

Location: Donegal Castle, Donegal Town, Donegal
Date: 18 August

Medieval Day at Donegal Castle

Location: Donegal Castle, Donegal Town, Donegal
Date: 25 August

Thomas Family Reunion 2013 Donegal

Location: Central Hotel Donegal Town, The Diamond, Donegal Town, Donegal
Date: 23,24,25 August

To find more events in the county go to the following page on Heritage Ireland's Web site:
And either click on Donegal in the Map, or select it from the drop-down list on the left side of the page and then press the "Event Search" button:

A Taste of Donegal Festival 2013

The 2013 Taste of Donegal Food Festival takes place at the Quay in Donegal Town on the weekend of August 23rd to the 25th.

The Programme is available at the Festival's Web site or below:
Parking arrangements are available at the Donegal Town Website or below:

Camper Vans / Recreational Vehicles: 
  • Free parking at the St. John Bosco Centre located opposite the Community Playground and beside The Railway Lodge Bed & Breakfast. 
Car Parking available at the following locations:

  • Abbey Vocational School – The Glebe, Donegal Town  
  • Donegal Livestock Mart – (behind the St. John Bosco Centre)
  • Four Masters GAA Pitch – Revlin, Mountcharles Road, Donegal Town.
  • Behind Donegal Tyre Centre – Drumlonagher, Donegal Town.
  • Public Car Parks - behind Main Street, Bank Walk, and any other designated parking areas available.

Monday, July 29, 2013

2013 Ballyshanon Folk Festival

The 2013 Ballyshannon Folk Festival occurs the August Bank Holiday weekend (the first weekend in August), from August 1st to August 4th. (The poster says the 2nd to the 4th but the Web site says the 1st to the 4th).

Schedule and details are available at the Festival Web site:
The festival takes place in Ballyshannon, County Donegal, Ireland. Ballyshannon is approx 3.5 hours from Dublin and 3.5 hours from Shannon Airport. Belfast is 2.5 hours away.

Friday, July 12, 2013

Sean Needham on Tour

Sean Needham & The Red Lake Band along with the  Niall Rainey & The Dirty Bullets will be on tour this summer. They'll be in Derry and Letterkenny at then end of the month:

Tuesday 23rd July, Boyles of Slane
Wednesday 24th July, Whelans Dublin
Thursday 25th July, Voodoo Belfast
Friday 26th July, Sandinos Derry
Saturday 27th July, Monroe's Galway
Sunday 28th July, Green Room, Letterkenny

Sean is from Donegal Town. It would be great if there was a venue for the lads to play in town! Contact Sean via his Web site at:

Here's a blurb about the tour:

Two Irish friends Sean Needham and Niall Rainey travel from Denmark where they live for a double headline tour with their respective bands. This is a tour to promote Sean's 'Red Lake Band EP' and Niall's debut album 'Roll on Someday'. After sharing the bill on concerts in Denmark Sean and Niall decided to take their multinational bands for a road trip to remember around Ireland. As they fly in for 6 days to play 6 gigs, the tour has been nicknamed 'The Red Bullet Tour'. If you want to see "two great live acts with a passion for performance" then don't miss this double headline show. Musicians playing on the tour include Christian Worm (guitar), Jimmy Weston (drums) Eamonn Rainey (bass/vocals), Steve Green (Sax/keyboard) and Sune Grip (guitar).

SEAN NEEDHAM & THE RED LAKE BAND bring their blend of ‘upbeat folk rock’ to Ireland this July to celebrate the 'The Red Lake Band EP' release. The live show offers uplifting melodies, meaningful lyrics and rocking tunes. The band is a mix of Irish, Australian, Danish and English musicians.

Along with songs from 'The Red Lake Band EP' the set will include songs from Sean's earlier albums 'Time is a Friend’ and ‘Loosely Based on a True Story’ which have earned Sean national airplay, a licensing deal with Sony and support slots with major artists including Tracy Chapman and Diana Krall.
And a video! :)

Irish Food Tours

Zack Gallagher's Irish Food Tours is up for an award from the Arthur Guinness Project.

To vote for Irish Food Tours see the link below:
Zack is from Donegal Town, and to find out more about Irish Food Tours, see their Web site:

Sunday, June 02, 2013

Engine on Passanger Crusie fail in Killybegs.

Cruise ship visiting Killybegs has engine problems and the passengers had to be sent home:
"The 487 passengers aboard MV Voyager will today be taken back to Portsmouth, where the cruise started last Saturday. The Celtic Treasures cruise was due to leave Killybegs, in County Donegal, Ireland on Tuesday but remains there."
© Copyright Willie Duffin and licensed for reuse under this Creative Commons Licence.
A Similar Cruise Ship Berthed at Killybegs

 It sounds like some of the passengers weren't too enthralled about being stuck in Killybegs, or maybe it was because of the length of time they were there:
"She told The News: ‘We’ve been stuck here since Tuesday. Killybegs is a very small town, you can go round it in ten minutes."
I'm surprised the Cruise company didn't try and arrange some site-seeing tours as there's some great sightseeing around there. has a list of all the cruise ships visting the port in 2013:

Tuesday, May 07, 2013

Pigs On The Run in Mullinasole: Sunday June 2nd 2013

Pigs On The Run To Bring Home Bacon for the second year at Mullinasole - "Live Pig Racing" at the Salmon Inn, in Mullinasole Sunday 2nd June at 3.30p.m.

 €10 euro a pig and be in with a chance of winning €100 euro.

Sponsorship cards are now available from any of the following committee members Martin Quinn, Darragh Quinn, Sinéad McGowan, Thomas McGarrigle, Benny McGuinness, Margaret McGuinness, Jackie Carron, Siobhán McGowan, Marion McGarrigle, Martin Cassidy and Pauric Molloy.

€10,000 was raised at last year's event and we hope to do the same this year, with lots of surprises on the day. Proceeds are in aid of Cregg House, Sligo.

 For further details please contact Salmon Inn (074) 97 34040 also see local press in coming weeks. A great day's fun guaranteed for all the family. All donations and sponsorship are also welcome. Your support would be greatly appreciated.

RSVP on Facebook at:

Sunday, April 14, 2013

2013 Laghey Blast Festival

The 2013 Laghey Blast Festival will take place in Laghey, County Donegal, Ireland, on Saturday May 4th and Sunday May 5th.


See the Laghey Blast Web site for more information:

Friday, March 29, 2013

Patchwork Veg!

Patchwork Veg is run by Sean Gallagher of Laghey and are based near Dublin. Sean's wee'un's helped Sean make this wee advert! :)

Saturday, March 16, 2013

The Gathering Donegal Town.

This great video is by Bebhinn Naughton, a student at the Abbey Vocational School in Donegal (the local secondary school).

If you enjoy the video, please click on the YouTube symbol at the bottom of video to go to the Youtube page click on the thumbs up to vote for the video in the national final of a film competition. Or click on the link below to go to the Youtube page and "like" or vote for the video:

Sunday, March 10, 2013

The Diamond, Donegal Town

Lovely photo of the Diamond and the Abbey Hotel in Donegal Town. Photo by Bernard Ward over on Flickr.

Abbey Hotel

Wednesday, March 06, 2013

Irish Food Tours

Zack Gallagher, of Donegal Town, is planning to offer tours of Ireland based around experiencing the great food that Ireland has to offer.

For more information see the Irish Food Tours Web site. If your interested in being involved (either as a tour provider, a restaurant or a food-maker, or for providing accommodation) contact Zack (see the Web site for contact information).

Zack talks about his plans on the Colm Hayes Radio show on RTE. You can listen to Zack being interviewed at the following link (which may only be available for a wee while)

Monday, February 18, 2013

Sunday, February 17, 2013

Lounge - Bar - Music

Auld pic of Peter Gillespie's Bar, and auld Mickey O'Donnell out front. I think the bar then became Aid O'Donnell's, then the Schooners. MAIN ST.DONEGAL TOWN

Thanks to Ian McCauley for the photo.

Saturday, February 16, 2013

Moya Brennan Recreates Old Donegal Town Postcard

Moya Brennan on TnG TV show Cártaí Poist, where they try and recreate a auld postcard of Donegal Town:

And here's a view of the original postcard:

Old Donegal Town Postcard

Wednesday, February 06, 2013

Flooding In Donegal Town in the 1970's.

Picture posted by our friend Christina. The pic was taken over near Magees and Irwin's Hardware. Milltown, Donegal Town