What’s On in Donegal this weekend

A book launch, a benefit night and lots, lots more to go to if you wish

Michael Daly


Michael Daly

What’s On in Donegal this weekend

Donal Reid's book, 'Confessions of a Gaelic Footballer' will be launched this Saturday night.

Friday, October 21st


Benefit Night: A ‘Night With The Stars’, will be held at the Clanree Hotel to help Paul Holian (39) who was badly injured in a freak accident this summer and remains in hospital. Football star Michael Murphy, boxer Jason Quigley and top jockey Martin Harley among the many to give their support on the night. Rally winners Gary Jennings, Manus Kelly and Declan Boyle will all be at the event, which starts at 9pm with headline act The Ryan Turner Band among an incredible music line-up, which also includes Paul McCahill, Gary McEvoy, Anne Biddie, John Dolan and Eldorado. Entry fee is just €10 pay at the door.

Wonderful raffle and auction prizes on the night include: A trip to Dubai, a pair of Jason Quigley boxing gloves, a whip from jockey legend AP McCoy, Martin Harley’s signed breeches, Frankie Dettori signed breeches, a signed Donegal jersey, a trip to see the mighty Glasgow Celtic, a trip to any Premiership team of your choice and a one year family gym membership.


Halloween Spooktacular:  The community of Burtonport are getting geared up for annual Halloween Spooktacular  which will take place on Friday 21st October from 7:30pm. Come along if you think you’re brave enough to take a stroll along the old railway line – better known to locals as POOKA LANE - particularly around the dark evenings of Halloween.


Ladies Night: A Ladies Night in aid of the Holy Trinity Church  Restoration Fund will be held in the Parish Hall Hornhead Road Dunfanaghy. Tickets are available from Jennifer Alcorn or Joy Evans.Tickets are €20 each which includes dinner and dance. Doors open at 7.30pm and there will be spot prizes on the night.


Packie’s Wake: Eddie Kerr comedy Packie’s Wake, fresh from a successful run in Derry’s Millennium Forum, continues tonight  and on Saturday 22nd, at An Grianan Theatre, Letterkenny.


Songs & Stories: Aussie Bryson and Fergus Cleary among others perform at An Evening Of Song & Stories at The Playhouse in Derry.


At the Balor: Local Legends – an art exhibition, at 7pm,  featuring images inspired by Irish Mythology burned onto wood by artists Nathan Keys and Jeni Kennedy.

At 3pm, a free screening of seminal documentary The Battle Of The Somme in conjunction with the Donegal County Museum.

Saturday, October 22nd


Book Launch: Launch of Donal Reid's autobiography, 'Confessions of a Gaelic Footballer', on Saturday night at 8pm in the Abbey Hotel. A large number of the All-Ireland winning squads from 1992 and 2012 are expected to attend.

The format of the launch will be kept simple and the night will be mostly one of nostalgia with time to recall the great events such as the All-Ireland successes at U-21 and senior. 2017 will mark the 25th anniversary of the 1992 All-Ireland senior success, and Monday last, 17th October, was the 34th anniversary of the big breakthrough for the GAA in Donegal, the All-Ireland U-21 success.

There are many other personalities from the GAA and sport world expected for the launch which begins at 8 p.m. and there will be an opportunity to get the book signed by Donal.

There will be a free draw for a book for all who attend and admission to the launch is free.

The author is at pains to point out that all proceeds from the sale of the book will go to Pieta House, who will have a representative present at the launch.

Shaun Doherty of Highland Radio will be in charge of proceedings, so get there early. There will be a complimentary cup of tea included.

The book will be launched by Anthony Molloy and Frank McGlynn, representing the two great successes of Donegal GAA, the All-Ireland wins in 1992 and 2012.

Real Men Wear Pink: Donegal Dragons presents Real Men Wear Pink , at 8pm  at Lough Eske Castle Hotel. Donegal Dragons invite the Real Men of Donegal and their partners to Wear Pink and join them at the perfect setting of Solis Castle to help raise Breast Cancer Awareness for both male & females . Free entry to all men wearing pink . Dress Code "wear pink" . A glass of Pink Bubbly & canopies on arrival .


Men’s Shed Open Day: We would like to invite our local community and anyone interested in seeing or joining our Men’s Shed, to our Open Day between 12 noon and 3pm.


Fundraiser for Irish Cancer Society: There will be a fundraising event in McGloin’s Bar, Kinlough in aid of Irish Cancer Society. There will be Horse Racing, Raffles, Music and Lots of Fun. Hope to see you there.

Sunday, October 23rd


Coffee Morning and Bake Sale: A coffee morning and bake sale will be held in the Creeslough Day Centre from 9:30am-1:30pm in aid of the Creeslough Community Childcare service.

Harvest Thanksgiving: The Harvest Thanksgiving Service will be held in St. Columba's Church Cashel at 7:00 p.m.

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