What’s on in Donegal, Nov. 4-11, 2016

Sue Doherty


Sue Doherty



What’s On, Nov. 4-11, 2016

Comedian Jimmy Cricket is at The Balor on Saturday night.

Here’s a quick guide to events and activities on offer over the coming week in Donegal.

All weekend

Matchmaking Weekend,  Ardara
The Matchmaking Weekend takes place in Ardara with Willie Daly, the world famous matchmaker. There will be Speed Dating, Traffic Light Dating, Blind Dating and Jiving Classes, to name but a few of the activities on the programme. There will be music in all the pubs  and concerts in the Nesbitt Arms, with Jimmy Buckley  tonight, Jim Devine on Saturday and Sean McMonagle on Sunday afternoon from 4 to 7pm.

Allingham Festival, Ballyshannon
A host of activities for lovers of the arts, including talks, film screenings, music, workshops and more. See details on the Donegal Democrat or Allingham Festival websites. Festival events here indicated by AF.

Friday, November 4th

Comóradh Éamonn Ceannt, 6.30pm, Dorrian's Hotel, Ballyshannon
A musical celebration of the life of Éamonn Ceannt (1881-1916) by uileann piper Paul Harrigan and Caoihmín Mac Aoidh. Ceannt, one of the leaders of the 1916 Easter Rising and signatory of the Proclamation of Independence, was also an avid uileann piper and founder of Cumann na bPíobairí in Dublin. AF

Fractured Love, 7.15pm, Dorrian's, Ballyshannon. A dramatic re-creation of the life of Constance Gore-Booth / Countess Markievicz and the 1916 Rising, written and performed by Maura Logue. AF

Ballyshannon and World War One
8pm, Dorrian’s Imperial Hotel, Ballyshannon
Local historian Anthony Begley’s talk will reveal new stories and incidents concerning local men who fought in WWI. Upwards of 60 local men died in the war. He will be joined by Jim (Seamus) Melly who traced his grand uncle Patrick Melly’s footprints from Finner Ballyshannon to the Somme in France where he died on 1st July 1916. Conor Carney will be on hand to record letters from the front and poetry and songs with local connections. Much of the material has never been heard before and the talk is free to all. The event is in memory of Kathleen and Louis Emerson of County Donegal Historical Society. AF

Die Fledermaus by Johann Strauss presented by North West Opera at An Grianan, Letterkenny, 8pm.

Allingham Songwriting Contest Final. 10pm Dicey Reilly's, Ballyshannon. Judges are songwriter and Eurovision Song Contest winner Charlie Mc Gettigan, Niamh Currid and songwriter Ian Smith. AF

Charity Quiz, 9pm, Whoriskey’s, Cashelard. A Quiz in aid of the Donegal & Northwest Hospice. €5 per person, tables of 4. Please support this worthy cause.

Saturday, November 5th

The Fighting Prince of Donegal, free screening, 10.30am, Abbey Arts Centre, Ballyshannon, with a talk by Ken Fox after. AF

The Toughest Place to Be..., free screening, 2pm, Abbey Arts Centre followed by Q&A with Garry Keane and Jamie D'Alton. AF

Anne Enright, Man Booker and Laureate for Irish Fiction interviewed by Sinéad Gleeson, 3.30pm, Dorrian's. AF

Comedian Jimmy Cricket, 7pm, The Balor, Ballybofey

Die Fledermaus by Johann Strauss presented by North West Opera at An Grianan, Letterkenny, 8pm.

The Allingham Concert, Abbey Arts, Centre, Ballyshannon 8.30pm, This year's Allingham Concert promises to be another wonderful night of entertainment with guest reader Anne Enright and performances by Niamh Currid, Niall Gallagher, Siobhán Calpin, and Kieran Quinn.

Sunday, November 6th

Mary Poppins, free screening, 3pm, Abbey Arts Centre AF

The Nutcracker, presented by Ballet Ireland at An Grianan, Letterkenny, 7pm.

Allingham Choral Concert, St Anne's Church, Ballyshannon, 7pm. With baritone Jonathan Carter, Bel Canto, Cór Chraobhaigh, Olive Travers and Kilbarron National School.

Monday, November 7th

Flower Demonstration 8pm, Mount Errigal Hotel. Letterkenny & District Flower Club’s Annual Flower Demonstration., “Christmas Tidings” with Carmel Burns. Admission €10. Tickets can be purchased from any club member or at the door. Proceeds in aid of Pieta House, Action for Hope-Donegal.

Wednesday, November 9th

Cookery Demonstration with Rachel Allen, 8pm, Abbey Hotel, Donegal Town. Cookery Demonstration with Rachel Allen and Official Launch of Killymard Cookbook. Proceeds to Killymard Anglican Parish Church. Doors open at 7pm. Tickets €20.

Thursday, November 10th

Letterkenny One Act Drama Festival opens, continues through to Saturday night, 7.30pm, An Grianán Theatre, Letterkenny