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Sunday the 31st July signals the start of the much loved annual Clonmany Festival. Once again this family event is a week of summer fun for all ages. This is Irelands longest
running and best known family festival and is situated in the beautiful village of Clonmany which lies within the amazing hills of Urris. 

Year after year thousands of holiday makers and locals alike enjoy the many events, live music, natural beauty and facilities which go hand in hand with the festival. 

From raft races and cycling events to treasure hunts and talent competitions, the festival has something to offer everyone and is an event which you will find yourself returning to again and again. 

From the opening parade to the final of the pub talent competition and every event in between will make this, the 44th Festival a truly memorable one. The hardworking committee have once again ensured that the events and entertainers booked for the week are part of this bumper packed programme which will ensure this wonderful festival keeps growing from strength to strength. 

We would now like to thank all of our sponsors, without whose generous support, this event would not be possible.

The committee would appreciate a subscription of €5 from adults for all open air concerts. Children under 12 free. This is due to the high standard of bands performing ans also because of the high costs of running the festival. However all subscriptions are greatly appreciated.

Clonmany Festival 2011

Sunday 31st July

2.00pm Opening Parade and Fancy Dress and Festival Queen Finalists

Sponsored by Utopia & Elaine Noone Jewellers

Bands : Inver Pipe Band and Buncrana Accordian Band

Float Prizes: 1st €200, 2nd €100, 3rd €50

All floats receive appearance money of €30.

Fancy Dress: 1st and 2nd Prizes for winners of all sections

No horses or ponies allowed in parade.

3.30pm Bonny Baby : 0-1 years, 1-2 years, 2-3yrs. (St. Mary’s Hall)

€2 Entry Fee

All entries to office before 3:00 sharp.

4.00pm Open Air Concert

Nathan Carter Band

8.00pm Coyle School of Dancing

9.00pm Open Air Concert

Declan Nearney Band

11.00pm Pub Talent in High Stool Bar

11.30pm Old Irish Kitchen in Market House

Traditional Night - Singing, Dancing, Recitation. All Welcome


Monday 1st August

2.30pm Crazy Cardboard Construction Challenge - Open to all

      Inishowen National Schools 6th class only, 8 pupils per team

      1st Prize: €200 - 2nd Prize: €100 - 3rd Prize: €50

      Prizes go towards school funds. Closing date for entries no

      later than 29th July to be sent to B. Donaghey & Sons Ltd.


2.30pm Children's Sports at Urris GAA Pitch, Straid

Enquiries: 074-9376689

2.00pm Poker classic in Square Bar - Monster Texan Hold'em

All entries by 1.30pm. Entry fee €50

Enq: 074 9376108

4.00pm Treasure Hunt (on foot) leaving Market Square/Festival Office

8.00pm Concert Support Act

David Craig and The Cufflinks

9.00pm Open Air Concert

Patrick Feeney Band

11.00pm Pub Talent in McCauley's Bar

11.30pm Old Irish Kitchen in Market House

Music by Danny McCarron & John McGeoghegan


Tuesday 2nd August

10.30pm 43rd Clonmany Agricultural Show and Sheepdog Trials at Pollan.

Horses, ponies, cattle, sheep and home industries.

Full programme of events - fun classes for horses, sports, pet show and dog show - 8 classes - €600 in Prize Funds. A great Family day out.

Also this year for the first time, 15 classes in poultry

Enquiries 074-9376835 / 086-0808161


1.00pm Hillwalk - contact Gerard McGeehan

Enquiries 086-8512716

2.00pm Pool Competition in McDonald's Bar

Enquiries : 074-9376103

8.00pm Concert Support Act        

Danny McCarron & Brian Porter

      Special Guest: Simon Peters

9.00pm Open Air Concert

Jimmy Buckley Band

11.00pm Pub Talent Competition in Market House, (Pub with no beer)

Music by Danny McCarron & John McGeoghegan

Wednesday 3rd August

9.00am Two Day Open Golf Competition. Festival Cup at Ballyliffin Golf Club.

(any combination)

Ladies and Gents prizes. Bookings 074-9376119

Seamus Grant Day of Music, Song and Dance

10.00am Registration Clonmany National School

Music & Stepdance Workshops.

2.00pm – 4.30pm Tribute Session in Market House

9.30pm - Traditional music session in The Strand Hotel.

9.30pm - Traditional singing session, The Ballyliffin Hotel

Host : K. McGonigle

For further information contact: Pat McGonigle
074 9376265 / 087 2859287

1.00pm Pet Show in Market Square

Sponsored by Glenview Boarding Kennels, Cloontagh.

2.00 - 4.00pm Youth Club Fun Day in Clonmany Community Center. Adm: €5.00

Enquires: 074-9376772

3.00pm It’s a Knockout (Adults Fun Day)

16yrs+ and over

      Teams of 4 (can be mixed) €20 per team.
Enq: 086 1648485

3.00pm Pool Competition in Old Atlantic Ballroom

Enquires: 074-9378700

4.00pm Car Treasure Hunt (Leaving Briney’s Pub) €10 per car.

7.30pm Inishowen Athletic Club presents

Joe Farrell Memorial Cup

5K Road Race (Running and Walking)

             Prizes for each category. €10 entry fee.

Juvenile (11yrs+) €5 Juvenile Race 1 mile.

Enquiries Owen Doherty  074-9376093
Mobile 086-3360636

8.00pm Concert Support Act

Rebels Glen

9.00pm Open Air Concert

Wolfetones - Irish Folk Legends

11.00pm Pub Talent Competition in McFeeley's Bar & Square Bar

11.30pm Irish Kitchen in Market House

Two hand, modern & old tyme dancing. All Welcome

Thursday 4th August

9.00am Two Day Open Golf Competition. Festival Cup at Ballyliffin Golf Club.

(any combination)

Ladies and Gents prizes.  Booking 074-9376119

6.00pm Arts & Crafts Exhibition & Sale In Community Centre

Locally  produced produce, Arts & Crafts on sale.

Contact 086-8162799 or Community Centre 074-9376772

2.00pm U7's, U11's & U15's Junior Talent Competition 

Entries from 1.00-2.00pm

Entry fee €2.00

3.00pm Men's Doubles Darts Competition

In McFeeley’s Bar

First 16 teams, all entries before 2.30pm

Tel: 074 93 76122

5.00pm North Pole Cycle Club

Registration 5.00pm - Tolands Bar

30k Cycle Run

Contact Carl Fullerton 086 2788497

7.30pm Lil Bratz Dancers - on Stage

8.00pm Concert Support Act 

               Shunie Crampsey

9.00pm G.A.A. Bingo Session in Clonmany Hall / St. Mary's Hall

9.00pm Open Air Concert

Mike Denver Band

11.00pm Pub Talent Competition in Cis Farrens Bar  & Ballyliffin Hotel

11.30pm Old Irish Kitchen in the Market House

Music by Danny McCarron & John McGeoghegan

Friday 5th August

11.00am Clonmany Festival's Market Day in Market Square

Stalls €20

11.00am - 5.00pm   Reptile Village Zoo in Clonmany Community Centre.
Some of  the world’s most fascinating and unusual animals on display, up  
to 8 glass displays with animals ranging from tarantulas to  
snapping turtles to caiman crocodiles. 2 professional handlers on  
hand with reptiles which are suitable for handling by the public.  
Photo opportunities for the public holding a snake or lizard.

Entry fee: €2 per person.

2.00pm Childrens Sports in Shamrock Park

2.00pm Slieve Snacht Climb

In memory of Patsy Doherty, leaving North Pole Bar.

All welcome back in the Bar for tea & sandwiches

Enquiries : 086 8314131

4.00pm Square Bar Car Treasure Hunt - Entry Fee €10 per car

5.00pm Iron-Man Competition @ Cis Farrens Bar

6.00pm Pub Tug-o-War

Contact Danny: 074 93 76591
7.30pm Concert Support Act

Salsa & Middle Eastern Dancing live on Stage

8.00pm Open Air Concert

Night of Nostalgia     

Roly Daniels, Susan McCann, Hugo Duncan,

      John Hogan & Gerry Gutherie Band.

      Compere: P.J. McLaughlin, ICRfm

9.00pm  Parochial Bingo in St. Mary's Hall

10.30pm Ceilí and Old Time Dancing in St.Mary's Hall
Music by Martin Duggan Band. 

11.00pm Pub Talent in The Rusty Nail and Toland's Bar

Saturday 6th August

11.00am Car Boot Sale & Stalls in Market Square and Youth Club.

Cars €10 Stalls €20

Enquiries 074-9376772

1.00pm National Schools Confined 5-a-side, Shamrock Park

Enquiries 074-9376489

2.30pm Sand Building Competition and Pebble Art Competition 

Tullagh Beach (Feel free to bring your own pebbles or props!)

3.00pm BBQ followed with Music by Rachtan on the Beach

3.00pm Raft Racing at Tullagh Beach - €30 entry fee per raft

Sponsored by The Rusty Nail

Enquiries 086-3952676


5.00pm   Rugby Challenge Match

      Inishowen -V- Northwest Barbarians

      Urris GAA Pitch, Straid

8.00pm Open Air Concert

Derek Ryan Band

10.00pm Open Air Concert

John McNicholl Band

10.30pm Pub Talent Competition in Strand Hotel

11.30pm Old Irish Kitchen in Market House

Traditional Night - Singing, Dancing, Recitation. All Welcome


Sunday 7th August

2.00pm Vintage Car and Machinery Rally in Market Square

2.30pm Colmcille Pipe Band

2.30pm Workshop & Exhibition in The Market House 

 Clonmany Genealogy Group

Enq. Jennifer Doherty

      086 – 3139258 or clonmanygenealogy@gmail.com

4.00pm Open Air Concert

Mick Flavin Band

8.00pm Concert Support Act

Janet Coyle School of Dancing

9.00pm Final Open Air Concert

Robert Mizzell Band

10.30pm Pub Talent Competition in McDonald's Bar

11.30pm Old Irish Kitchen in Market House

Music by: Alaister Coyles & John McGeoghegan


Monday 8th August

8.00pm Final of Pub Talent & Connie Doherty Memorial Singer/Songwriter Competition

The Ballyliffin Hotel. Adm. €10

All entries must be registered by 8.15pm

Music by Shunie Crampsie

Festival Poem

Many generations come to see
The friends they've known since they were wee
The people they've come to hold so dear
The ones they have known from yester year
So each celebrates with a drink and a dance
And young generations may be in with a chance
Of starting a new and budding romance
With great memories being made year after year
As the band plays, Clonmany for the craic,
the crowd begins to cheer.
Kerry Doherty.



Cooperation with Gardai and Stewards would be appreciated.

Traffic diversions in operation throughout the week

Side Show, Pony Rides, Shooting Range,

Bumper Cars, Swingboats etc.


The Festival Committee accept no responsibility for loss or damages incurred during the Festival.

Late Openings & Music in Pubs and Hotels for the duration of the Festival.

For further information on Festival Events

Next Years Festival Dates

45th Anniversary

Sunday 5th Aug - Sunday 12th Aug. 2012

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