Donegal Connect has come to an end, and after 10 days, over 70 events and a reach of 66million, the project has been hailed a great success.
More than 12,500 attended Donegal Connect events from September 27th to 6th October. The project set out to engage the Donegal Diaspora at home and aborad and to showcase the best of what Donegal has to offer in talent, skills, expertise, hospitality, creativity and innovation.
Public and private partners worked together on the initiative to attract more visitors to Donegal and to entice all those with Donegal roots home to visit, to work, to retire, to invest, or to start a business in the county.
See a selection of photos from events below:
Donegal Connect Opening Event – 27th September
Donegal Connect Career Symposium – 30th September
Donegal Connect’s Career Symposium in the Radisson Blu Hotel Letterkenny was a practical information event, designed to tackle key questions people have about moving back home or relocating to Donegal. Issues raised included residency for spouses/partners, buying a home in Donegal, getting a driving licence, health care entitlements and many more.
Ulster Scots Family History Festival – 3rd October
As part of Donegal Connect, The Monreagh Ulster Scots Heritage and Education Centre held an Ulster Scots Family History Festival at An Grianan Hotel, Burt on Thursday 3rd October.
Navigating Future of Work Symposium – 4th October
Located in Pramerica Letterkenny, this event was organised by the Donegal ICT/FinTech Group to address key issues faced by the ICT, FinTech, Med Tech and wider Tech sector, as well as addressing the impact technology has on jobs and the workplace.
Bridge of Tears guided walk – 6th October
Over 50 people took part in the Donegal Connect Bridge of Tears guided walk outside Falcarragh. In 19th & early 20th century, local families would walk as far as here with loved ones who were emigrating – in most cases they’d never meet again.
This guided walk on Sunday 6th October was in their memory. The walk also raised funds for the Kevin Bell Repatriation Trust, which aims to alleviate financial hardship for families repatriating the bodies of loved ones who have died abroad in sudden or tragic circumstances.
LUXE Street Theatre Spectacular Featuring The Henry Girls – 6th October