Festivals & Events

The Clanree hotel has developed a strong reputation throughout the industry for hosting high profile concerts & events. The hotel’s main function room, ‘The Shellbridge Suite’, is purpose built to accommodate weddings and other events. This luxury Donegal hotel has hosted some very prestigious entertainment acts such as Christy Moore and will shortly be welcoming Mary Black for a special concert at the hotel. This calibre of line-up is promised to continue for years to come. Check out our upcoming concerts.

With incredible events being held throughout the year, 2014 is the perfect time to visit the Clanree Hotel.

From folk festivals to concerts, local artist showcases to major international exhibitions, not to mention ceilis, dances, Irish language and everything in between!

Upcoming Events

Mary Black Live at the Clanree Hotel - 9th August 2014 - read more

Donegal Events


Date: 20 July 2014 - 27 July 2014
Venue: Burtonport

Burtonport Summer Festival 2014 Festival is almost here and promises to be bigger and better than ever.


Ceol na Coille – Summer School of Irish Traditional Music

21 - 25 July 2014

Venue: Knocknamona

Ceol na Coille - Summer School of Irish Traditional Music welcomes musicians young and old for a week of musical fun for all abilities in a relaxed and welcoming setting in the stunning north west of Ireland. 


Kilcar Fleadh - Féile Ceoil Chill Chartha

28 July - 01 August 2014

Venue: Kilcar

The Kilcar Fleadh is a 5-day festival of traditional music, songs and dance, celebrating the living heritage of traditional music in South West Donegal, with something for all the family. Events will include concerts, ceili, a crossroads dance, a heritage & craft display and 'Echos in the Glen' – a music recital featuring fiddles and pipes in the Gleann a'Bhaile Dubh, recreating a tradition from the first half of the 20th century. Workshops will take place in the fiddle, accordion, guitar, singing, the tin whistle, and Irish language & dancing.


Ballyshannon Folk Festival

31st July- 4th August

Venus: Ballyshannon

The 37th annual Ballyshannon Folk and Traditional Music Festival is the place to be next August Bank Holiday Weekend (Thursday 31st July – Sunday 3rd August 2014) as the sounds of traditional & folk music echo from the streets, pubs and theatre once again. One of Ireland’s longest running festival, this promises to be a great weekend for all the family.


Muff Festival 2014

01 - 04 August 2014

Venue: Muff, Inishowen, Co. Donegal

Muff Festival 2014 welcomes you to a feast of family fun, sports, spectacle, live music and dance. This four day extravaganza hosts a veritable galaxy of daft competitions, street partying, parades and pageants. From the festival parade to the final flourish, an eclectic programme of over 30 events is staged over the August Bank Holiday weekend. With festival queens, floral displays, flag waving, falconry, a soapbox derby, 'it's a knockout' and lorry pulling, there is something for everyone. 


BeatlesFest on the Lough

01 - 04 August 2014

Venue: Moville Co. Donegal

Beatles Fest on the Lough is returning to the delightful small town of Moville, on the salmon fishing sea lough of Lough Foyle, for its 8th year running. Once again this festival promises four days of Beatles music, indoors and out. 

Tony Bram well, the Beatles road manager, talent scout and PR man, will be in attendance. Come along for four days of great music, top acts and open mic sessions


Clonmany Festival

03 - 10 August 2014

Venue: Clonmany, Inishowen, Co. Donegal

Clonmany Festival is a week long family event that has open air music 7 nights a week, with Ireland's leading country music stars and a selection of kids' activities throughout the day. 

The much loved annual Clonmany Festival, now in its 47th year, is a week of summer fun for all ages. Year after year thousands of holiday makers and locals alike enjoy the many events, live music, natural beauty and facilities which go hand in hand with the festival.

Live performances include Nathan Carter, Mike Denver, Derek Ryan and many more. €5 fee at entrance gate for live music.


Loinneog Lunasa

08 - 11 August 2014

Venue: Various venues in Gaoth Dobhair, (Gweedore), Co. Donegal

Loinneog Lúnasa is a traditional music and cultural festival celebrating the rich heritage of Gaoth Dobhair and surrounding areas. There are few areas in Ireland that can boast such a wealth of internationally renowned musical acts - Enya, Clannad, Mairead Ní Mhaonaigh and Altan and of course Brendan de Gaillí who has danced his way around the world with River dance.

Dates to be confirmed


Mary Black Concert

Date: 9th August 2014

Venue: The Clanree Hotel

For the last quarter-century, singer Mary Black has been a dominant presence in Irish music, both at home and abroad. She has shared stages, TV shows and recording studios with some of the most revered performers of her time. She has also played a frontline role in bringing Irish music, past and present, to an increasingly appreciative and ever-growing global audience. The San Francisco Chronicle has described her as "One of the best interpretative singers around". Mary is palying in the Clanree Hotel on Saturday 09th August, Tickets are available from Hotel Reception.


DylanFest on the Lough (Stuck Inside of Moville)

21 - 24 August 2014

Venue: Moville, Co Donegal

The biggest Dylan Fest in Europe is returning to the delightful small town of Moville, on the salmon fishing sea lough of Lough Foyle, for its 8th year running. Once again this festival promises four days of great music, open microphone sessions and some of Europe's top Bob Dylan acts.


A Taste of Donegal Food Festival

22 - 24 August 2014

Venue: Donegal Town

A Taste of Donegal has established itself as a must attend event in the North West. The festival brings together top restaurants, hotels and food, drink and lifestyle product providers in a beautiful tented village on the pier. With the backdrop of the Blue Stack Mountains and Donegal Bay, this is the perfect venue in which exhibitors can showcase and sell their products to customers who are passionate about food and drink. 

With over 100 exhibitors participating throughout the weekend, you can taste and purchase some of the finest food and drink available from all over the country. A highlight of the festival will be the high profile demonstrations by celebrity chefs Neven Maguire, Kevin Dundon, Catherine Fulvio, Gary O' Hanlon, Brian Mc Dermott, Joe Shannon and Donegal's own Anthony Armstrong and Martin Anderson. 



Date: 23 August 2014 - 31 August 2014
Venue: Letterkenny

There will be over 90 ‘Heritage Week’ events taking place in County Donegal including family open days, guided walks, built heritage open houses, heritage site visits, fieldtrips, exhibitions, illustrated presentations, photographic competitions, children’s activities, genealogical research, storytelling sessions, traditional music, craft fairs and traditional skills demonstrations.


Donegal Marathon

Sunday 24 August 2014

Venue: Letterkenny, Co. Donegal

Donegal Marathon, the first in Donegal in over 30 years, is aimed at all levels of runners with the option of either a full or a half marathon. 

Starting and finishing in Letterkenny, the route will take you through scenic and picturesque landscapes. The running events will also be supplemented with family fun for all the kids as well as smaller family fun runs. Whilst here, why not take the opportunity to visit the outstanding local attractions in and around Letterkenny such as the Glenveagh National Park, Gartan Outdoor Adventure Centre, Grianan an Aileach as well as the numerous beaches, parks and family activities.


Mary Of Dungloe International Festival

Location: Dungloe

Date: 26th to 4th August 2014

This year the Mary from Dungloe celebrates its 47th Year! As usual we have a fun-filled program of events for you - click here to view all the events!


2nd Gallagher Global Gathering

Gallaghers from all over the world will come together to celebrate their family heritage in the original homeland, Co. Donegal. A week of talk, tours, traditional music etc.

Venue: Letterkenny, Date to be confirmed

Telephone: +353(0)87 6680593     

Ireland Writing Retreat - Forgotten Land, Remembered Words

07 - 14 September 2014

Venue: Gweedore

Ireland Writing Retreat - Forgotten Land, Remembered Words is a week-long, creative writing holiday with a difference – scenic walks, fascinating talks and daily practical writing and editing workshops – all in a land that time forgot in the most mythical part of Ireland, along the Wild Atlantic Way. Participants will also enjoy lively, traditional Irish music concerts; archaeological and environmental tours of an awe-inspiring landscape soaked in Celtic legend; tuition in the Gaelic language, as well as Irish ceildhe dancing.


Dunfanaghy Jazz and Blues Festival 2014

11 - 14 September 2014

Venue: Dunfanaghy, Co. Donegal

The 7th Dunfanaghy Jazz and Blues Festival promise an impressive line-up of international and national music in the beautiful seaside village of Dunfanaghy. 

With renowned music acts, both local and international, playing jazz and blues music in cafes, bars and hotels, this event is not to be missed. The relaxed atmosphere encourages people to visit as many gigs as possible and to enjoy the warm hospitality of Dunfanaghy while having a fun weekend.


Ferguson World Record Attempt

20 - 21 September 2014

Venue: An Grianan Estate, Burt, Co. Donegal

The Ferguson World Record Attempt will see participants try to break 3 world records. It is a two day event which includes a vintage show and family fun day. The first of the World Record breaking attempts is to have as many Pre-1984 Fergusons working the soil at the one time. The current record is 385 and is held in Australia. The second record attempt is to have the most Pre-1984 Fergusons 135s working the soil at the one time; and the third attempt is the most Pre-84 Fergusons to form the Massey Ferguson logo. Over the two days, there will be a family day, vintage show, stalls and various other activities happening. There will also be a dance in the halfway house with Trevor Loughery on the Saturday at 9pm. All money raised on the day will go to the Sean O Hare Unit, Stranorlar who support people with special needs.


Date: 11 October 2014 - 18 October 2014
Where: Letterkenny
Venue: Various

Wainfest is an annual art festival for children which feature a variety of forms including literature, artistic pursuits and drama workshops across County Donegal.

Events include science, music and art workshops, exhibitions, storytelling and puppet shows as well as many more fun filled activities.

Allingham Arts Festival

23 - 26 October 2014

Venue: Ballyshannon, Co. Donegal

Dates to be confirmed. 
The Allingham Arts Festival is an annual event which focuses on involving individuals, families and groups in art and literature events such as workshops, entertainment, competitions, debate, exhibitions and panel discussions.



Date: 18 October 2014 - 19 October 2014
Venue: Buncrana


This event is the second biggest event in Ireland after its first year running and the only one of its kind.

The Crana Canoe Weekend will bring a large number of paddlers from as far away as Cork and even England and beyond as people have contacted us from as far away as Canada.

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