A guide to the “hybrid” program of the Earagail Arts Festival


The long-awaited return of the Earagail Arts Festival this month has been met by a huge demand for tickets to its physical and online events.

While many of Donegal’s top events have already sold out, a number of highlights are still available.

On Saturday July 24, the festival will host an epic outdoor concert in Fanad Lighthouse Park.

(Socially) Distanced Perspectives, co-hosted by one of Ireland’s leading breeders, Cian Ó Cíobháin, brings together three distinct contemporary Irish acts from the far reaches of the nation to the far reaches of Ireland’s northernmost county.

From hip-hop to electronics to folk, this limited-capacity outdoor show takes place in the grounds of the iconic Fanad Lighthouse. Country and traditional folk coexist, creating a juxtaposition of musical threads, with additional instrumentation from five musicians to provide greater dynamics.

If you can’t travel that day, the festival has a very special online premiere at 8 p.m. as part of its hybrid lineup for 2021.

‘Before’ is a new play with music starring famous Irish actor Pat Kinevane, which takes place at Clery’s in Dublin, on the same day that this iconic department store closes – for good.



Pat Kinevane

Shot at Amharclann Ghaoth Dobhair, Fishamble is delighted to work with Earagail Arts Festival on the premiere of a new bilingual version of Before developed in collaboration with Donegal artist Eoghan Mac Giolla Bhrighde which mixes Irish and English. Tickets for this show are available on the festival site.

Earagail Arts Festival also offers a wide range of free events, in person and online, from exhibitions to concerts.

On Sunday July 11 at 3 p.m., the Brokentalkers Theater Company presents Uprooted: Who Owns the Story – The Collaborative Creative Process via YouTube. For this In Conversation – Docu style event, we are bringing together part of the creative team behind the collaborative theater and film project, Déraciné.



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On Monday July 19 at 8 p.m., the Balor Arts Center, Ballybofey presents The Ghostlight Sessions – Inside The Song. For this special event, Earagail Arts Festival recording host Dean Maywood is joined by four of Ireland’s top songwriter talents: Joshua Burnside, Ultan Conlon, Ciaran Lavery and Laura Quirke.

The quartet not only shares their songs, but also has an in-depth chat with each other, sharing the ups, downs, inspiration and experience of the songwriting process. Don’t miss this mix of wonderful music and fascinating and eye-opening discussion.

Four locations across Donegal, Artlink Fort Drunree, An Gailearaí Ghaoth Dobhair, Glebe House & Gallery Churchill and Regional Cultural Center Letterkenny will take you on a visual art ‘journey’.

It will cross the county’s cultural landscape via a multi-site exhibition featuring Irish artists exploring the societal changes that shape our collective identity. Turas will take place from June to September 2021 as part of the national “Colmcille 1500” celebrations.



Fanad Head Lighthouse

The beautiful drive and destination are reason enough to visit Fanad Head and Fanad Lighthouse, but the festival also offers a Virginia Woolf-inspired self-guided tour from Tuesday July 20 through Sunday July 25.

The Lighthouse Project takes people on a self-guided journey, linking place to writing in an intimate and innovative way. Inspired by Virginia Woolf’s To the Lighthouse and the theme of personal travel, you are invited to explore this geographic area and the perspectives it offers.

Find out more about all the events here.

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