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Nominations Now Open For Tip O’Neill Irish Diaspora Awards 2021

Tom O Neill at the Tip O Neill Irish Diaspora Awards Ceremony
Tom O' Neill addresses the Tip O' Neill Awards Ceremony

In spite of the challenges posed by the global pandemic, Donegal County Council is continuing to celebrate and forge links with the Irish Diaspora with a unique awards ceremony which takes place in Donegal every year. The Tip O’Neill Irish Diaspora Awards nomination process is now open for 2021. The awards recognise groups or individuals that have excelled in their field, while honouring their contribution to Ireland and its Diaspora.... Read more.

Project

Local Enterprise Office Donegal recently launched a new website showcasing successful businesses that it has supported across the county. The website, entitled “Donegal Stories”, features success stories from businesses of all shapes and sizes –... Read more.

To celebrate St. Patricks Day from afar this year, we teamed up with Food Coast Donegal to send a message to those who couldn’t make it home to Donegal for our national holiday. Our memories of home are often intertwined with food, and thanks to... Read more.

Irish Independent travel writer Pol O Conghaile

Donegal is a haven for food producers and now you can find them all in the one place with the Food Coast Donegal’s new food producer directory. The Food Coast Donegal is an initiative which is facilitated by The Local Enterprise Office Donegal to... Read more.

There can be little doubt that one of the reasons the Irish Diaspora is so strong on a global level, is that the people of Ireland have always been able to see and embrace new opportunities. But many may not be aware of the exciting educational... Read more.

First Virtual Local Enterprise Week a Huge Success

The first virtual Local Enterprise Week took place at the start of March and was a great success. This year’s virtual programme was designed to help Donegal businesses spring back into action. The week-long series of events is a collaboration... Read more.

John & Una Mc Daid pictured with their children Brian, twins Joe & Jack and Cassie

DREAMING OF AN IRISH EDUCATION

DREAMING OF AN IRISH EDUCATION

For first and second-generation Irish people living in America, educating their children in Ireland may seem like a... Read more.

The BASE

When Leah Fairman returned to Donegal in 2016 after nearly 20 years in London and Frankfurt she never imagined her experience of living and working abroad would be so important to her new life back home.  Leah says, ‘When I moved back from London... Read more.

Digitally connecting with the global Donegal Diaspora

Covid may have kept us apart this year, but the connections amongst our Diaspora are stronger than ever thanks to the digital age. In the midst of Covid19, conversations with the global Donegal Diaspora continued with technology providing new... Read more.

When Ireland went into lockdown due to the COVID-19 containment measures announced by the government in March, it quickly became apparent that some business sectors required specific training to enable them to either continue operating or prepare... Read more.

St. Colmcille's Chapel, Gartan

Colmcille 1500 Grant Scheme

A new grants scheme as part of the Colmcille 1500 commemorations is now open for applications until 3.00pm on Friday 19th February 2021.

Colmcille 1500... Read more.

AMBITION PROGRAMME TO DEVELOP FEMALE ENTREPRENEURSHIP IN DONEGAL IS OPEN TO DIASPORA

An exciting programme to develop female entrepreneurship in Donegal is inviting applications from women all over the world, who have connections to Donegal. The AMBITION programme is open to female founders, entrepreneurs, or those with a strong... Read more.

Place

A group singing (pre lockdown) at in the song house garden with the iconic Muckish in the background

I first came to Ireland on a family holiday aged 18. We visited Connemara and the rough grass sward, all those wild flowers and grasses in the wind and sun got into my bones.

 I came back as a student several times, invited by friends who... Read more.

Remote Working with a View - Arranmore

MODAM, the first established offshore digital hub in the country, is located on the island of Arranmore off the west coast of Donegal. We speak to Adrian Begley, the Chair of the Arranmore Island Community Council, and Matthew Loughnane a remote... Read more.

Make A Break For Donegal When It’s Safe To Do So!

Wild is the word that best describes Donegal. Ireland's northwesterly county is marked by dramatic landscapes carved out by heavy Atlantic swells and fierce winds - a place where you don't have to travel very far to be completely alone. With... Read more.

Ulster University at Magee Campus Derry

North West higher education providers, Ulster University joined with city and region partners on 24 February 2021 to celebrate the Heads of Terms Agreement for the Derry and Strabane City Deal.

Welcoming this important milestone, Malachy Ó... Read more.

Share the love for Donegal this Xmas

Christmas will be a little different this year and maybe those loved ones migth not be able to get home. So why not send them some of those iconic Donegal Vista’s which are featured in this charity book?Donegal’s Atlantic Way is a unique... Read more.

Marble Hill Beach, Co. Donegal one of the beaches recently awarded blue flag status

With over 1,000km of coastline you are never far from finding spectacular beaches in Donegal!

It is a true testament to the county that 14 of its beaches and marinas were recently awarded blue flags. This award recognises the beaches and... Read more.

City dwellers looking to Donegal as their new business destination

Estate agents in Donegal are receiving more and more calls from businesses and individuals based in Dublin looking to move to Donegal in light of the ongoing challenges and strains of city living that have become even more pronounced now during... Read more.

Inch Fort

Since the beginning of the year, Donegal County Museum has been working with the community of Inch, to create a virtual museum exhibition that explores this beautiful island’s extraordinary heritage. We’ve heard yarns of fairy forts, fishermen’s... Read more.

Tip O'Neill 2021