2017 Programme / Away With The Fairies!


Away With The Fairies!

A Carnival Homage to William Allingham’s popular poem, The Fairies


Date: Saturday October 07
Venue: Market Street, Castle Street, The Port, Ballyshannon
Time: 7.30pm / Cost: FREE

Up the airy mountain, Down the rushy glen / We daren’t go a-hunting, For fear of little men…

Ballyshannon’s most famous literary son, William Allingham (1824-1889), is celebrated in this Carnival interpretation of his most famous and best loved poem, The Fairies.

Now in its 17th. year, this year’s Carnival Parade will showcase the skills and learning gathered in the course of its on-going Training the Trainers programme, as well as offering local artists and facilitators working in South Donegal, the opportunity to design and produce new work in conjunction with the Carnival Team.

On Carnival Night, the streets will be brought to life by Dark Daughter Productions, LUXe landscape theatre company, Workhouse Studios, Ballyshannon’s Unstoppable Street Band and Stagecraft, against a special carnival soundscape created especially by local electronic music innovator, Slowplacelikehome. They will be joined by up to 200 performers including students from Magh Éne College Bundoran, Coláiste Cholm Cille Ballyshannon and visiting students to Ireland from the Donegal Language School Study Abroad Programme, ID Languages and the Turf ‘n’ Surf USA Gap Year Students, as well as performers from many local adult community groups, including Ernedale Heights Womens Group and the Adult Artists Group, who have participated with huge enthusiasm in workshops facilitated by Tom Meskell, Fidelma Flannely, Marie Loughlin, Stephanie Paula, Niamh Currid, Corey McDermot and Michelle Bell.

Carnival Finalé

The Carnival Finalé, Where Fairies Play, is devised and produced by Maria Loughlin and directed by Michelle Bell, for Dark Daughter Productions.


Please Note: Parking Restrictions and Traffic Diversions will be in place along the Parade Route from 6.00pm to 9.00pm. Please co-operate with Carnival Stewards, An Garda Síochána and Civil Defense personnel, at all times. Warm Clothing is Advisable.


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