Eight American cities will be represented at the Mary from Dungloe Festival this year as it celebrates fifty years in existence, according to Councillor Mary Therese Gallagher.
The Dungloe based councillor, told a meeting of Donegal County Council (DCC) that she felt that the festival was one that reached out to the diaspora across the globe.
She tabled a motion urging the DCC to recognise the International Mary from Dungloe Festival as a county festival as Kerry County Council recognise the Rose of Tralee, and partner with the local committee on this its 50th year in existence.
The Sinn Féin councillor said that the festival is run by a small number of people who work voluntarily. The entire festival can be enjoyed by everyone for free.
Fianna Fáil Councillor, Enda Bonner seconded her motion and urged the council to give as much support to the festival as they could.
Director of Services, Liam Ward, said that the council would be happy to work with the local committee and offer any advice they could.