September 28th – October 8th 2017

Presented by Donegal County Council Cultural Services


This is the 17th. year of the Donegal Bay and Blue Stacks Festival. We are delighted to support artists and engage communities throughout South and South West Donegal with another packed programme of theatre, music of all kinds, spectacle, literary and visual events and events for children.

New Theatre

We are especially excited with the fishing community themed co-production with An Grianán Theatre, Shoot The Gear, which will open the Festival in Killybegs on September 28th. We also have another brand new theatre show in Bundoran on the following evening, when Maura Logue’s End Of The Line recalls the last days of the Great Northern Railway and dancehall days by the seaside in Donegal.

Music and Literary

A particularly strong music programme boasts performances by Donegal’s 2017 TG4 Gradam Ceoil Award winners, Rita Gallagher and Mairéad Ní Mhaonaigh, the Donegal Voices Choir (performing Handel’s Coronation Anthems), In Their Thousands, Honor Heffernan, Siobhán Peoples, Aidan O’Donnell, the Common Grounds Collective, West Coast Jazz and a tribute to the great Carrigart balladeer and fiddle player John McGettigan, who was a huge star on the Irish American music scene in the 1920s and 30s.

Visiting and local writers participating will include Annemarie Ní Churreáin, performing the Donegal launch of her debut poetry collection, Bloodroot, RTÉ Sunday Miscellany regular Denise Blake and short story writers Gerard O’Beirne and Alan McMonagle.

Visual and Carnival

Thanks to the inaugural Che Abú Festival in Ardara, the Cuban Ambassador to Ireland, H.E. Dr. Hermes Herrera Hernández will be the Guest of Honour at the Official Opening of Emer O’Shea’s fabulous Celebrating Cuba photographic exhibition at the Abbey Arts Centre on Saturday evening, October 7.

That’s also Carnival Parade Night in Ballyshannon. This year’s theme is a tribute to the Erneside town’s most famous literary son, William Allingham, with Carnival making a contemporary response to one of his best-loved poems, The Fairies.

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