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Arts & Culture

County Donegal’s unique and varied culture is a source of immense pride. Our county and its culture have always been intertwined. This culture is an all-encompassing, evolving force that helps us express and celebrate who we are as a diverse, traditional and modern people. Through our arts, libraries, language and heritage, we showcase a county that strikes a unique cultural beat. We believe that this beat should be heard loudly, clearly and confidently across the mountains and lakes of Donegal, Ireland and the world.

Boasting 78 annual festivals, over 3,400 archaeological monuments, acclaimed art centres and theatres, Donegal is a showcase of culture, heritage & the arts. We value and nurture musical, artistic & creative talent and provide a home to a host of outstanding traditional musicians with global recognition such as Altan and Clannad, and a vibrant trad scene which goes back through centuries of informal get togethers. In many other parts of Ireland, this kind of scene hasn’t survived, but in Donegal, it’s still in our DNA and we’ve held fast to this valuable Irish tradition.

Regional Cultural Centre

Regional Cultural Centre

Award-winning art centre that leads and assists cultural development and specialises in visual arts, music, film & digital media and education.

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Donegal County Museum

Donegal County Museum

Develops and cares for a comprehensive collection of original artefacts relating to the history of Donegal.

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Donegal Library Service

Donegal Library Service

Cultural spaces for creating opportunities to enhance community life. Libraries promote pride, confidence and identity in local and national culture.

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An Grianán Theatre

An Grianán Theatre

Donegal's largest theatre provides a range of programming including drama, comedy, music, pantomime, and family shows as well as workshops and classes.

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Balor Arts Centre

Balor Arts Centre

The Balor hosts approx. 140 music, drama and comedy performances each year in Donegals newest purpose built arts venue.

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Amharclann Ghaoth Dobhair

Amharclann Ghaoth Dobhair

Amharclann Ghaoth Dobhair is the only Irish language theatre in the country that is situated in the heart of the Gaeltacht.

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Abbey Arts Centre

Abbey Arts Centre

The Abbey Arts Centre offers 3 theatres of various seating capacities and hosts a variety of quality arts and entertainment throughout the year.

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Donegal Craft Village

Donegal Craft Village

A creative collective of craft and art studios and shops all clustered around a beautiful courtyard.

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Glebe House & Gallery

Glebe House & Gallery

Situated in the village of Churchill, near Letterkenny. The house, originally a Church of Ireland Rectory, was the home of landscape and portrait painter Derek Hill from 1954.

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An Gailearaí

An Gailearaí

A professional gallery situated in Gweedore, showcasing world-class contemporary visual art to the public.

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Heritage Office

Heritage Office

Raising awareness of County Donegal’s cultural, built and natural heritage and providing advice and information on heritage matters to the public.

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County Archives

County Archives

Manages, preserves and makes accessible the historical, heritage and cultural archives of the county.

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