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Love Donegal Day 2022

The hugely popular #LoveDonegal campaign will return on Thursday September 8th 2022, building on the success of previous campaigns and public interest.

Last years’ campaign reached over 17 million people across the world and had Donegal trending for several days across social media outlets. The campaign also won the Local Authority Association’s Award in 2021 for the ‘Best Innovation for attracting inward investment’!

The #LoveDonegal team creating their own artwork!

This year’s campaign centres on celebrating the art and creativity of Donegal and organisers of the event, Donegal County Council, want everyone to get involved and showcase their love for Donegal creatively. Whether its painting, drawing, sculpting or singing, music, dancing, or any other form of art. Your submissions are requested! 

#LoveDonegal day is being held just two weeks in advance of Donegal Connect, a 3 day festival taking place from 23rd to 25th September celebrating Donegal’s connections right across the world.

Cathaoirleach of Donegal County Council, Cllr. Liam Blaney is asking Donegal people everywhere to participate in this campaign, saying ‘’I would call on the people of Donegal both at home and abroad to show their appreciation for our beautiful county on September 8th and share with the world what Donegal means to them’’

“The aim of this years campaign is to encourage people to participate and engage creatively from all corners of the globe and it is also a great opportunity to highlight what will be happening during Donegal Connect, a 3 day celebration including the Tip O’Neill Irish Diaspora Awards Ceremony.”

Garry Martin, Director of Economic Development with Donegal County Council explains that the 2022 campaign “builds on the Donegal place brand initiative, launched in 2021, which showcases the opportunities for investment and the benefits of living and working in the county. We want more people to visit, invest or locate to Donegal as we highlight the benefits we have with our growing local economy and superb quality of life. 

“#LoveDonegal day has been an important event in our calendar over the past few years as it brings together everyone with an affinity for the county and gives them the chance to enjoy, celebrate and love Donegal. We can share what makes Donegal special to us with families and friends in other regions throughout the globe (our worldwide Donegal family) and promote the county, and its’ amazing offering, to the widest possible global audience”

Donegal Connect 23rd - 25th September

The #LoveDonegal 2022 campaign aims to promote Donegal to as many people locally, nationally and internationally and tell them why Donegal is such an amazing place to live, work, study, explore and invest in! People are encouraged, wherever you are located to take part in the day and share why Donegal is so special and meaningful to you!

Taking part online is simple. All you have to do is use the #LoveDonegal or #DúnnanGallAbú in your social media posts (across twitter and Instagram) on Thursday the 8th of September. You can also tag the us on Instagram ( and Twitter (Donegal_ie).

Social Posts can include:

  • Visiting, travelling and exploring Donegal.
  • The people of Donegal.
  • The landscape, coastline, islands, landmarks and scenery of Donegal.
  • Music, Arts, Sport, Marine, Culture, Food.
  • Local Businesses based in Donegal, working remotely and the Working Holiday Campaign.
  • The Gaeltacht region and the Irish language.

#LoveDonegal provides the opportunity to promote Donegal and it’s wonderful offering to the widest possible audience and the Donegal diaspora play a hugely important role in this. Spreading the word in relation to opportunities and quality of life in Donegal is one of the main aims for this campaign. Ultimately, organisers want more people to visit, invest and relocate to Donegal for and experience the spectacular quality of life on offer.

In addition, details on a #LoveDonegal competition will be released soon and keep an eye out for updates!

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