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23-25th August 2024

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Killaghtee Festival 2024


Parking is available opposite the Church in Bruckless and at The Mart (F94 P227) in Central Dunkineely.

Restricted parking available at the Bruckless Community Centre.

Help us celebrate our local community, amenities and heritage at and around Killaghtee.

Everyone is invited to join us for free events, local celebrations, walks, talks and trips in the area! 

Some events may move to Community Centres, subject to weather conditions.

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Boat Trip

Once again we are offering a boat trip for just €15

(plus €1 online booking fee).

Taking place at 6pm on Sunday 25th August, leaving from Killybegs, the tour will once again head out to St. John’s Point for some fantastic views of Killaghtee and the surrounding area.

We will be using the bigger boat of Atlantic Coastal Cruises. The trip will be 2 hours long, with entertainment, refreshments and bar. 

Click here for tickets.

If you require a lift from Dunkineely/Bruckless to Killybegs, e-mail us on

Coach Trip

Join us for our Big Day Out


Taking place 9:30am to 5pm on Friday 23rd August, leaving from Dunkineely Community Centre


The tour will take us up to Ards Forest Park to see some of the best woodland Coillte has to offer, followed by a trip to world renowned Glenveagh National Park, with entrance to the castle included.

Take time at both locations to explore nature walks, views and their cafés, or bring a picnic!


On return to Dunkineely, you will be treated to a light tea (included) while you watch a video of the Donegal railways before they closed.

Click here for tickets.


Kelane Brown

Live on Main Street Dunkineely.


Join us outside St. Mary's Hall, Saturday 24th August, 8 to 10pm,

in the centre of Dunkineely for live music.

Kelan Browne is a new up and coming talent from Ballybofey in Co. Donegal. Growing up in a musical household, Kelan soon found his voice and a love for Country music.

Now touring across Ireland and the UK.

Heritage Treasure Trail

Starting from Dunkineely Picnic Area.

Join us as we launch our new Killaghtee Heritage Trail.

Pick up your first clue between 5:15pm and 7pm.

€5 per car.

Join in on a treasure hunt for little adventurers and big alike.

Travel around local heritage sites, exploring history and the stunning views of St. John's Point, while working out clues for your next hunt.

Can you win the prize?

Car required.

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Sports Day

A free event, just for kids.

Sunday 25th August, 2 to 4pm.

A sports day blitz, being held by

Dunkineely Celtic Football Club.

Come down to Bruckless Community Park for lots of fun. 

Wheelbarrow, 3-Legged and Egg & Spoon Races, Tug of War, Penalty Kicks and more for all ages.

Craft Market

Sunday 25th August Bruckless Community Centre

From 10am to 2pm, take a stroll amongst the stalls in our indoor market and check out some of Donegal's finest local crafts people, specialising in artisan food, drinks, art, jewellery and more.

E-mail to book a free stall.

(Craft Stalls Only)

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Fancy Dress

Our fancy dress competition is for 0 to 10 year olds.


This year our theme will be characters from history.

Calling all knights, princesses and jesters!

Taking place on the opening night in central Dunkineely at 7:00pm!

Friday 23rd August 2024

There will be prizes for:

Best Individual

Best Original Homemade Costume

Best 0-5 year old Costume

Best 6-10 year old Costume

Dawn Yoga

Celebrate the dawn on St. John's Point


Join Rosabella at 5:30am on Saturday 24th August for our annual Dawn Yoga.

Taking place back at the Point (the lighthouse).

Will you be brave enough to go for a dip in the Atlantic afterwards?

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Sound Bath

Back by popular demand!


Join Rosabella 6 to 7pm on Saturday 24th August upstairs in Dunkineely Community Centre.

This immersive experience promotes wellbeing, calm and peace.

Bring your own yoga mat and blanket.

Tai Chi

New for 2024


12:30 to 1pm on Sunday 25th August in

Bruckless Community Park.

Tai chi is an ancient Chinese martial art. Initially developed for combat and self-defense, it has evolved into a sport and form of exercise.


Tai chi is a gentle, low-impact form of exercise in which practitioners perform a series of deliberate, flowing motions while focusing on deep, slow breaths.

The evet is in support of Cancer Care West.

Donations can be given here.

The event will move into Bruckless Community Centre in the event of bad weather.


Folklore and Music

Join Natalie Lough and Laura for some history of the area and music.


2 to 3:30pm on Saturday 24th August at

McSwyne's Castle.

Natalie has carried out research into the place names across our area. Giving insight to our local history and stories.

Join her for a talk supported by Laura, a great musician who was much loved over the Killaghtee Festival 2022 weekend.

The event will move into Dunkineely Community Centre in the event of bad weather.

Our fallen Castle

Join the Discovery Programme for a talk on coastal erosion and the history it is uncovering.


3:30 to 4pm on Saturday 24th August at

McSwyne's Castle.

We all know that our local castle will be reclaimed by the sea at some point over the next four decades.

The Discovery programme are carrying out a project in the area, to understand more about erosion and its effects. They are also looking at what is being uncovered and what this tells us about our history.

The event will move into Dunkineely Community Centre in the event of bad weather.



A big thankyou to all the local festival sponsors.

If you wish to sponsor our festival e-mail us today!

We also receive sponsorship for DCL and our many programmes from other sources. Their logos can be found at the bottom of the page.

If you want to volunteer to help on the weekend, please e-mail

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