The 2018 Ballyliffin Coastal Challenge takes place on Easter Saturday, March 31st at 1pm. This is the 11th annual organisation of the popular Inishowen promotion. Year on year the numbers have increased with it climbing to a phenomenal 1,200 in 2017!
All entrants will receive their commemorative medal plus a Ballyliffin Coastal Challenge t-shirt and goody bag. For the kids race on the beach, the winners will receive a special medal in addition to the Easter Eggs and goody bags!
The Ballyliffin Coastal Challenge not only attracts walkers, joggers and runners from the wider Inishowen hinterland but nationally and indeed internationally with many spending the weekend in the area to enjoy a break all centred on the event and in some cases the attraction of the world class golf courses at the Ballyliffin Golf Course. The event is unique in that the final 2 miles is on Pollan Beach. The course fringes the sea with the backdrop of Malin Head and Five Fingers Strand as you follow the route through the Isle Of Doagh.Read more
The Amazing Grace Festival celebrates the dramatic story of John Newton’s arrival in Buncrana on the shores of Lough Swilly, Co Donegal on 8 April 1748. After a violent storm in the Atlantic Ocean, Newton was literally saved from death as his ship found refuge in Ireland. But this moment also marked the beginning of his spiritual transformation – ‘the hour I first believed’ – that would lead to his life as a clergyman, a prolific hymn writer and mentor to William Wilberforce throughout the long battle to abolish the Trans-Atlantic slave trade.Read more
Inishowen Sea Symposium event is a weekend feasible for everyone from beginner to advanced paddlers. It consists of sea kayaking around the coastline of Inishowen, evening talks and demonstrations. Inish Adventures feel that the amazing coastline of Inishowen needs to be shared and enjoyed by all paddlers. The plan is to kayak and enjoy the coastline from Lough Foyle to Malin Head to Inistrahull, the most northerly island in Ireland with some of the top coaches from Ireland and the UK.Read more
62k Extreme course – 41k Sprint course – 22k Mini adventure course
Shore 2 Summit adventure race is set in an absolute adventure paradise of hills, trails and lakes and offers 3 fantastic Adventure courses with added option of team entries and Duathlon (No kayak) alternative. This adventure is designed to ensure all fitness levels can compete for their own self esteem or charity fundraising.Read more
The Donegal International Rally has a reputation for being one of the country’s most challenging rallies which begins and concludes in Letterkenny, Co.Donegal.
The rally will take place throughout the County – Stages including locations such as Brennagh, Cark Mountain, Letterleague, Garrygort, Knockalla, Grovehall, Gartan, An Gleann, Alantic Drive, Fanad Head.
Please visit www.donegalrally.ie to order your full rally programme for the Weekend.
The Donegal International Rally is celebrating it’s 42nd year running and is inviting family, friends local and overseas to come along and enjoy this exciting vibrant weekend here in beautiful Donegal.
The Dubai Duty Free Irish Open hosted by the Rory Foundation will visit one of Ireland’s most iconic links courses in 2018 when Ballyliffin Golf Club plays host to the championship for the first time.
The announcement marks a new chapter in the history of the tournament as it makes its first venture to the North West of the country, continuing a legacy which has seen it contested at many of the finest courses across the island of Ireland since it was first played in 1927.
With the tournament also a part of the European Tour’s new Rolex Series initiative, the fabled County Donegal venue will also play host to some of the world’s greatest players from July 5-8, 2018.
Keith Pelley, the Chief Executive of the European Tour, speaking during the final day of this year’s tournament at Portstewart, said: “I am delighted to announce that the 2018 Dubai Duty Free Irish Open hosted by the Rory Foundation will be played at Ballyliffin Golf Club next July.
“It is one of the great and historic events on the European Tour, raised to a new level in recent times by the commitment of our title sponsor Dubai Duty Free and by the support of our own Rory McIlroy and his Foundation as hosts.
“The Dubai Duty Free Irish Open has also been elevated due to its inclusion as part of our new Rolex Series, a transformational development for the European Tour which is now in full swing. The Rolex Series has many positives but one of the most important in terms of playing experience is the quality of the golf course.
“In terms of links golf, we are truly blessed on that score in Ireland as we have seen this week in Portstewart, and I am delighted that another gem in the shape of Ballyliffin has been lined up for our members next year.”
The revival of the Buncrana Music Festival continues this year in what is undoubtedly going to be the biggest year for tourism in Inishowen, and the dates have been announced in advance of what promises to be a spectacular festival.
Coinciding with the arrival of the Irish Open 2018 in July, the event will run from Wednesday 4th July until Sunday 8th July, with the festival culminating in a huge firework display on Buncrana’s Shore Front.
This year’s festival promises all of the fun from previous years, but on a much grander scale, with family-friendly activities by day, and some of the best up and coming bands that Ireland has produced, performing live on the main stage from 8pm every night of the festival.
Although the headline acts are still to be announced, last year saw Irish music legend Paddy Casey thrilling the crowds, as well as breakthrough act, the Little Hours proving exactly why they have become one of Ireland’s must-see bands, so we wait with baited breath on just who will be dazzling the masses this year.
Apart from the fantastic music at night time, by day, you’ll see everything from buskers to firebreathers, Transformers to music workshops, amazing street food and drink, street theatre and local craft markets, and given the Irish Open is taking place just up the road, no doubt there will be golf-themed events to challenge the wannabe professionals we all know so well!
Accommodation availability is likely to be at a premium, so the organisers are advising anyone intending on travelling to make their bookings now. Ticketing packages are available for the full weekend and tickets go on sale at the end of February, when the full line-up is expected to be known, although you can still pay nightly at the gate as usual.
For further information on the festival, you can keep up to date with the festival facebook page, facebook.com/buncranamusicfestival or online at www.notoriousevents.ie. Alternatively, contact us on 086 8628757.Read more
Once again this family event is a week of summer fun for all ages. This is Irelands longest running and best known family festival and is situated in the beautiful village of Clonmany in the Inishowen Peninsula.
Year after year thousands of holiday makers and locals alike enjoy the many events, live music, natural beauty and facilities which go hand in hand with the festival. From raft races and cycling events to treasure hunts and talent competitions, the festival has something to offer everyone and is an event which you will find yourself returning to again and again.Read more
There are lots of Half, Full & Ultra Marathons but there is only one QUADRATHON FESTIVAL of running that goes way beyond the run itself, walkers, runners, coastal scenery, lapping waves, camaraderie, hospitality and “medals to dream for” are only a few of the reasons why you’d want to register for this iconic and friendliest of event - Quest, Warrior & Hero levels to suit all abilitiesRead more