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Ceol le Cheile, An Grianan, Letterkenny, Photo by John Soffe


A county brimming with world-renowned traditional music heritage and a thriving arts, craft and cultural scene, Donegal has never failed to inspire or support its many artists and creatives.

The spiritual home for so many influential Irish artists from Enya, Mairéad Ní Mhaonaigh and Altan, Moya Brennan and Clannad, to the next generation of singers and fiddlers the Henry Girls and Ciarán Ó Maonaigh, Donegal boasts a long and extensive involvement in music, contemporary visual arts and crafts. The county has always been an attractive destination for artists and makers, with the landscape itself often serving as inspiration.

The county has always been an attractive destination for artists and makers, with the landscape itself often serving as inspiration.

Donegal’s Creative Ireland Culture and Creativity Plan reflects the wealth of the area’s cultural well and has been engaging and involving the community at every level since its implementation in 2017.

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Ceol le Chéile – Donegal’s Choir of Ages

The Donegal Intergenerational Music project Ceol le Chéile is a collaborative social inclusion initiative, led by Donegal County Council and supported by the HSE, Healthy Ireland, Creative Ireland, Letterkenny Institute of Technology and Local Link.

Culture and Creativity Team

Laughing conductor

Eileen Burgess

Creative Ireland Coordinator & Librarian


Seamus Neely

Chief Executive, Donegal County Council


Joe Peoples

Director of Service, Housing, Corporate & Cultural Services


Traolach Ó Fionnáin

Arts Officer


Shaun Hannigan

Director, Regional Cultural Centre


Judith McCarthy

Curator, Donegal County Museum


Niamh Brennan

County Archivist


Donna Cavanagh

Senior Executive Librarian


Maureen Kerr

Senior Executive Librarian


Collette Beattie

Acting Architectural Conservation Officer


Joe Gallagher

Heritage Officer


Aideen Doherty

Donegal Film Office


Michael Tunney

Head of Enterprise & Economic Development


Séan Ó Daimhín

Oifigeach Gaeilge


Róise Ní Laifeartaigh

Rannóg na Gaeilge


Charles Sweeney

Culture Team


Our Strategy

Five strategic priorities were identified in Donegal following public and sectoral consultation. These are (i) Improve provision of, and access to, information; (ii) Increase engagement with, and access to, the culture & creative sector; (iii) Support cultural practitioners; (iv) Promote our sense of place and identity; and (v) Enhance cultural infrastructure and consolidate strategic organisations. ...

The Creative Ireland Donegal Culture Team is actively delivering on this strategy and can demonstrate significant progress across the priority areas.