Image Captions: To the left - Minister Colm Brophy, Cathaoirleach of Donegal County Council, Cllr Jack Murray, Ciara Sugrue, Head of Festival & Events, Failte Ireland, Deputy Consul General, Seán Ó hAodha, Alison Metcalfe, Executive Vice President, Tourism Ireland & Garry Martin, Director of Economic Development, Donegal County Council. To the right - Director of Economic Development Garry Martin speaking at the event.
The Global Irish Festival Series was re-launched at the Irish Consulate in New York on Wednesday evening by Ireland's Minister of State for Overseas Development Aid and Diaspora, TD Colm Brophy. The series aims to encourage the Irish diaspora to return home to visit Ireland and provides funding and support, through Local Authorities, for events that tap into international diaspora networks.
Commenting on the news, Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine and Donegal T.D., Charlie McConalogue said: “It is tremendous news that the Wild Atlantic Way and specifically Donegal will be put front and centre for our massive Irish diaspora this year and it is a wonderful opportunity to showcase the beauty and culture of our great county.”
He added that “the carnival showcase planned for Inishowen promises to be a standout highlight for the festival this year.”
This year, the series is being expanded with events taking place along the Wild Atlantic Way in Mayo, Donegal, Limerick, and Kerry.
The series places Ireland’s counties at the centre of an effort to connect with their diasporas, and to build new relationships and ties that can boost tourism opportunities in each area.
In Donegal, Donegal Connect will take place from the 23-25 September, offering visitors a diverse itinerary of food, genealogy, sport, business, arts, and culture.
Highlights include the Tipp O’Neill Irish Diaspora Awards and a spectacular carnival showcase against the stunning backdrop of the Inishowen peninsula.
Check out the upcoming events in the #DonegalConnect link below. Further details and events will be announced prior to the start of the festival.