Inishowen Singing Weekend 2024

We warmly welcome you to join us for our 34th annual gathering – a glorious celebration of songs, singers, and friendship in Inishowen.

For a flavour of our weekend, enjoy Bob Gallagher’s 2023 Festival Highlights video:

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What’s 
on

08:00pm
The Ballyliffin Hotel
Opening Address
by Kevin McGonigle, Chairperson ITSC
08:15pm
The Ballyliffin Hotel
Amhráin Árann: a miscellany of traditional songs from the Aran Islands
by Deirdre Ní Chonghaile
10:00pm
The Ballyliffin Hotel
Home & Away Session
hosted by Grace Toland and Brian Doyle
11:00am
The Ballyliffin Hotel
One Singer, One Song
with John Moulden and Andreas Schulz
12:30pm
The Ballyliffin Hotel
Lunch
02:00pm
McFeeley’s Bar
McFeeley’s Singing Session
hosted by Kevin McGonigle
02:00pm
Toland’s Bar
Toland’s Singing/Music Session
hosted by Michael Gallanagh
07:00pm
The Ballyliffin Hotel
Seminar Dinner
09:00pm
The Ballyliffin Hotel
Festival Concert
featuring invited Guests
11:30pm
The Ballyliffin Hotel
Late Session
hosted by Kevin McGonigle
12:00pm
The North Pole Bar
North Pole Music Session
hosted by Brian Doyle
03:00pm
The North Pole Bar
North Pole Session
hosted by Kevin McGonigle
09:00pm
Mac Tams Bar
MacTams Singing Session
hosted by Eleanor Lamb
12:00pm
The Rusty Nail
Farewell Session
Noble Call

Guests

2024_Jimmy-Hutchison
Jimmy Hutchison
Scotland
2024_Maranna-McCloskey
Maranna McCloskey
Co. Derry
2024_John-Barrett_Pete-Luscombe
John Bartlett & Pete Luscombe
England
2024_Selina-O’Leary
Selina O’Leary
Tullow, Co. Carlow
2024_Deidre-Ní-Chonghaile
Deirdre Ní Chonghaile
Co. Galway
2024_Dónal-Maguire
Dónal Maguire
Co. Louth/Co. Clare
2024_Inishowen-Trad-Choir
Inishowen Trad Choir
Inishowen, Co. Donegal
ITMP
Inishowen Traditional Music Project
Inishowen, Co. Donegal
2024_Len-Graham
Len Graham
Co. Antrim
2024_Tiernasligo-National-School
Tiernasligo National School
Inishowen, Co. Donegal
2024_John-Moulden
John Moulden
Inishowen, Co. Donegal
2024_Andreas-Schulz
Andreas Schulz
Berlin, Germany

ITSC Young Singers’ Bursary Scheme

Since 2010 we have offered bursaries to full-time student singers to attend and take part in our Singing Weekend. This initiative has been one of the most successful ventures we have undertaken and its benefits are realised each year as young singers attend and return annually. It is an opportunity to sing, learn, and network among peers and among experienced singers in an inclusive and supportive atmosphere. The 2024 is supported by the Irish World Academy of Music and Dance, University of Limerick, University College Cork, and Dundalk Institute of Technology. This year we are especially delighted to also feature young local singers as part of the scheme: Brónach Harkin, Róise Ní Mhurchú and Molly Donaghey.

Brónach-Harkin
Brónach Harkin
Inishowen, Co. Donegal
Róise-Ní-Mhurchú
Róise Ní Mhurchú
Culmore, Co. Derry
Molly-Donaghey
Molly Donaghey
Inishowen, Co. Donegal

Venues

The Festival hub is the Ballyliffin Hotel where registration, many of the official events and late night sessions take place. On Saturday, Sunday and Monday we provide transport for registered guests to/from the hotel to our sessions in neighbouring Clonmany, Drumfries and Crossconnell.

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The Ballyliffin Hotel
Main Street, Ballyliffin, Co. Donegal, F93 XT52, Ireland
+353 (0)74 937 6106
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McFeeley’s Bar
Main Street, Clonmany, Co. Donegal, Ireland
+353 (0)74 937 6122
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Toland’s Bar
Main St, Gort, Clonmany, Co. Donegal, F93 W6FC, Ireland
+353830847814
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The North Pole Bar
Drumfries, Clonmany, Co. Donegal, Ireland
+353 (0)74 936 1349
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Mac Tams Bar
Main Street, Clonmany, Co. Donegal, F93 Y8XD, Ireland
+353 (0)74 937 6103
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The Rusty Nail
Crossconnell, Clonmany, F93 R927, Ireland
+353 (0)74 937 6116

Where 
to stay

There are a range of accommodation options in the immediate area: Ballyliffin Hotel, Ballyliffin House, and Ballyliffin Lodge. Self catering options can be found on Airbnb, Booking.com and Donegal Cottages. Aras Owen provides hostel accommodation. 

Clonmany, Isle of Doagh, Carndonagh and Buncrana are all within driving distance. Please note there is very little local public transport so a car or using a taxi will be your options if you are not staying in Ballyliffin. 

Unfortunately ITSC cannot provide accommodation booking for the Festival.

Ballyliffin Hotel

Main Street, Ballyliffin

Co. Donegal, F93 XT52
+353 74 937 6106
ballyliffinhotel.com

Ballyliffin Lodge

Ballyliffin, Inishowen
Co. Donegal, F93 XR52
+353 74 937 8200
ballyliffinlodge.com

airbnb

Booking.com

Donegal Cottages

Aras Owen Hostel

Getting here

Ideally a car is the best option for your visit to Inishowen as there is little local transport within the Peninsula itself. 

However if you are travelling via Dublin, or Dublin Airport, John McGinley Coach Travel runs an excellent bookable direct service to Ballyliffin. Once you are at the Festival, registered guests are provided with intervenue transport.

Flight options to City of Derry Airport, Belfast City Airport, Belfast International Airport and Dublin Airport are available. However Dublin Airport is the only airport that then connects by bus to Ballyliffin.

For detailed directions please consult Google Maps

The Sat Nav Co-ordinates for the Ballyliffin Hotel are:
Latitude: 55.2666, Longitude: -7.3828

From Dublin:
John McGinley Coaches

From Derry:
McGonagle Bus & Coach Hire 
(Routes 951 & 956)

From Letterkenny:
McGonagle Bus & Coach Hire 
(Route 951)

Gerard Bradley, +353 (0)86 2776441
Hugh Coady, +353 (0)87 9909887

Activities, 
food and more

Glendowen Craft Shop

Altahalla, Clonmany
Co. Donegal, F93 KV65
+353 (0)74 937 6265
glendowen.com

Doagh Famine Village

Lagacurry, Ballyliffin
Co. Donegal, F93 PK19
+353 (0)74 937 8078
doaghfaminevillage.com

St Columba’s Old Church

Straid, Clonmany
Co. Donegal
stcolumbasstraid.com

Carrickabraghy Castle

Isle of Doagh, Carrickabraghy
Co. Donegal
carrickabraghycastle.com

Glenevin Waterfall

Straid, Clonmany Co. Donegalgovisitdonegal.com

Mamore Gap

Pollan Bay

Ballyliffin, Co. Donegalgovisitinishowen.com

Tullagh Shore

Leenan Shore

Carndonagh High Cross

Carndonagh, Co. Donegaldiscoverireland.ie

Inishowen Maritime Museum and Planetarium

Old Coastguard Station, Drumaweer, Greencastle
Co. Donegal, F93 T028
+353 (0)74 938 1363
inishowenmaritime.com

The Market House Café

Market Square, Clonmany
Co. Donegal, F93 WR92
+353 (0)74 937 6772
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Nancy’s Barn

Main Street, Ballyliffin
Co. Donegal, F93 VY75
+353 (0)74 937 6556
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The Rusty Nail

Crossconnell, Clonmany
Co. Donegal, F93 R927
+353 (0)74 937 6116
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Michael Angelo’s

Ballyliffin Golf Club
Co. Donegal, F93 C573
+353 (0)74 937 8119
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Centra Supermarket

Clonmany
Co. Donegal, F93 RRX6
+353 (0)74 937 6105
Mon–Sun 8am–9pm

Atlantic Stores & Foodmarket

Ballyliffin
Co. Donegal
+353 (0)74 937 8081
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Petrol Station + foodmarket

Ballyliffin
Co. Donegal, F93 EKK7
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Mon–Sat 7.30am–10pm, 
Sun 8.30am–10pm

EV Charging

Ballyliffin, Atlantic Store
and
Carndonagh, Bridge Street, F93KT9W

ATM

Atlantic Stores & Foodmarket; Directly opposite Ballyliffin Hotel; Centra Supermarket, Clonmany (in-store); Beside MacTam’s, Clonmany

Post Office

Clonmany, beside Centra Supermarket

Medical Services

Inishowen Medical Clonmany +353 (0)74 9376173
Inishowen Medical Buncrana Buncrana +353 (0)74 9361800
inishowenmedical.ie

NOWDOC: GP out of hours Service 0818 400 911

In an emergency ring 999 or 112