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Rory Gallagher Festival, Keery Irvine Photography

The Rory Gallagher Rock
and Blues Music Festival



The Rory Gallagher Rock and Blues Music Festival

There is a strong musical tradition within the culture of Donegal and nowhere more so than in our local heritage town of Ballyshannon. Ballyshannon gave us one of the greatest guitar players of all time and in tribute to him now annually hosts the Rory Gallagher Rock and Blues Music Festival every June Bank Holiday weekend. Rock-lovers from all over the world descend on the oldest town in Ireland to rock out at one of the greatest street festivals in Ireland.  

The Ballyshannon Folk and Traditional Music Festival

Not to be outdone by the rockers, fans of trad and folk music arrive in their droves every August Bank Holiday for another street festival when Ballyshannon celebrates the very best of Irish traditional and folk music. Running since 1977 the Ballyshannon Festival used to run alongside the giant festivals in Lisdoonvarna and Ballisodare, many of which no longer exist unfortunately, but Ballyshannon has gone from strength to strength.


The Abbey Arts Centre, Ballyshannon - 12.5km 
The Centre offers a rich programme of theatre, music, comedy, dance, visual arts, education and arthouse films.


Check their Programme of Upcoming Events to see what on.



Local Hands Arts & Crafts Shop, Ballyshannon - 12.5km

A studio shop showcasing numerous artists and crafters who work locally in the Donegal, Fermanagh, Leitrim and Sligo region with an emphasis on high quality unique Irish art and craft. There is a large collection of crafts including artwork, wood carvings, handblown glass, clothing, ceramics, prints, resin art, and posters. They are a community founded co-operative group supporting and promoting each others work. 


The Eclipse Cinema, Bundoran - 19.7km

 For the rainy days, all the latest film releases with premium 'Directors Lounge' reclined seating and food delivered to your seat.

Abby Arts Centre, Donegal, Ireland
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