About the Festival

September 29th – October 15th 2023

Réamhrá | Introduction

Welcome to the 23rd edition of this annual festival, which is presented by Donegal County Council Culture Division, in partnership with a range of arts organizations, cultural venues and community groups, largely in the South and South West of the county.
The festival is funded by Donegal County Council, The Arts Council, the Department of Tourism, Culture Arts, Gaeltacht, Sport and Media (Decade of Centenaries Fund) and Creative Ireland.

Ba mhaith linn buíochas a ghabháil chuig

Ailis McIntyre, Linda Clyne, Abbey Arts Centre, Ballyshannon. Conor Malone, Balor Arts Centre, Ballybofey. Rosemary Ward, The Bluestack Centre, Drimarone. John O’Connell, Eclipse Cinemas, Bundoran.

Chantal McCormick, Fidget Feet Aerial Dance Theatre. Rachel Mitchell, Aerialist, Fidget Feet’s House! Residency. Susan Byrne, Community Liaison, Fidget Feet’s House! Residency. Lucina Russell, Kildare County Council Arts Office.

Shirley Anne Bonner, Celine McGlynn, Leah Fairman, Frances Browne Literary Festival. Tanya Ward, Aislingí Dance Academy. Deborah Cunningham, Bluestack Chorale & Donegal Voices. Kieran Kelly, Charlie Bonner, Drumboe. Amanda Crawford, Christian Carbin, Art Kavanagh, Donegal Drama Circle. Keith Mannion, Patsy O’Kane, Treehouse Productions. Linda Connolly, The Kicking Donkey, Bundoran. Dean Maywood, Ghostlight Sessions.

Marc Gegan, Donegal Bay Film Festival. Maura Logue, Dark Daughter Productions. John McDonagh, NYC. Caoimhín Mac Aoidh, Rab Cherry, Cairdeas na bhFidiléirí, Billy Finn Sessions Committee. Matt McGranaghanFergus Cleary, Island Players.  Seán Ó Beirne, Ceol na gConallach/Comhairle Paróiste Cill Chartha.

Tommy Callaghan, Manna Design. 

Frances Connaghan, William Colvin, Donegal County Council Communications Office. Mark Sweeney, Snr. Executive Engineer, Roads, Donegal County Council. Naoise Nolan, Marketing Graduate, Donegal County Council Culture Division. Judith McCarthy, Curator, Donegal County Museum. Niamh Brennan, Donegal County Archivist. Sarah Nolan, Margaret Sweeney, Donegal County Council Tourism Unit.

Réamhrá | Introduction

Welcome to the 21st. annual Donegal Bay and Blue Stacks Festival and a tentative return to live theatre, music and literary performances, for the first time in over eighteen months. While last year’s Festival was a totally online affair, this year’s programme of new and revived theatre works, music performances and literary events, may be enjoyed live, in person and safely, in venues in Ballyshannon, Donegal Town and Ballybofey, from Friday, October 1st. to Sunday, October 17th.

The Donegal Bay and Blue Stacks Festival is presented annually by Donegal County Council Culture Division.  It is funded by Donegal County Council in partnership with The Arts Council/An Comhairle Ealaíon.

In that respect, we would like to express our sincere thanks and appreciation to the following –

Ailis McIntyre, Linda Michael Daly, Abbey Arts and Cultural Centre, Ballyshannon. Conor Malone, Balor Arts Centre, Ballybofey. Maura Logue, Dark Daughter Productions. Denise Blake, Literary Programme Curator. Margaret Hannon. Shirley Anne Bonner. Celine McGlynn, Leah Fairman and the Frances Browne Literary Festival Committee. Patricia McBride, An Grianán Theatre. Rab Cherry, Cairdeas na bhFidléirí. Deborah Cunningham, Mountcharles Opera Festival. Keith Mannion, Patsy O’Kane. Roseanne Lynch, Darn Skippy. John Travers, Ballyshannon Drama Society. Kieran Quinn, Hillary Scanlan, Caroline Bell, Balor DCA/Balor Rep Theatre Company. Craobh Phil Rooney Comhaltas Cheoltóirí Éireann. Caoimhín MacAoidh. Dean Maywood, Ghostlight Sessions, Balor Arts Centre.

Mary Crawford, The Right Angle PR. Frances Friel, Donegal County Council Communications Officer. Máire Ní Fhearraigh, Tourism Unit, Donegal County Council. Karen Sheehy, Donegal County Council Culture Division/County Library. Tommy Callaghan, Manna Design.