There is only one place in Ireland this weekend which can match Croke Park in terms of anticipation, tension and atmosphere, and that’s Dungloe! The capital of the Rosses offers something which even our capital city of Dublin itself cannot; all the drama of the Donegal V Kerry game combined with the gripping climax of the Mary from Dungloe International Festival.
This year’s glamorous group of ladies will be finding out late on Sunday night who will be lifting the crown for 2012 from the outgoing Debbie Rodgers. By that stage, we will know of course whether Donegal have floored the ‘Kingdom’ and reached an All-Ireland Semi-Final.
The festival committee have carefully catered for Donegal supporters this weekend in Dungloe. A large screen will be situated on the Main Street for the big game at 4pm. This will be preceded by the festival’s annual parade, which takes place on every closing Sunday. This year’s parade will commence at 2pm, brought forward by the committee to allow fans to see Donegal live on the big screen at 4pm. It is a superb package which should see hordes of people travelling to Dungloe this Sunday.
The town itself offers a variety of colour at the moment. While there are Donegal flags in abundance up and down the main street, there are also flags of a different kind. The flags of the USA, Derry and Antrim among various others have been generously displayed by the businesses of the town in support of the visiting ‘Marys’ for the closing weekend. The visit of Aslan and Ryan Sheridan on Thursday night ensured that Dungloe mirrored ‘Oxygen’ as streams of revellers sang and danced until the early hours, the sounds reverberating for miles around. With this successful reincarnation now completed, Dungloe now seeks to resemble Croke Park itself on Sunday with everything a Donegal fan and festival-goer could want; our heroes on the big screen after an action-packed parade to commence the day’s activities. Let the games begin!