Here's Everything you need to know about the Global Irish Series 4 months ago

Here's Everything you need to know about the Global Irish Series

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The Global Irish Series is taking place this autumn with events taking place in Limerick and Donegal

The Global Ireland events series aims to celebrate the Irish diaspora and create future opportunities for engagement. The events commemorate our shared history, and how it can be used to benefit the economy.

Events are taking place over a three week period, kicking off in Letterkenny on 27 September with Donegal Connect, and followed by I.NY in Limerick which begins on 16 October.

Here's everything you need to know about both of these much anticipated events.

Donegal Connect

Schedule

The opening event of Donegal Connect will coincide with the National Football Exhibition at the Regional Cultural Centre in Letterkenny. Participants will be able to discover rare memorabilia, programmes, jerseys and artefacts, as they celebrate the launch.

Over the next week, and up until 6 October, a fantastic range of events will be held- with some taking place each day. Cultural events will take front of stage. There will be a book launch for Donegal’s Poetic Atlantic Way, by Michael Sugrue, numerous galleries and exhibitions.

For anyone who'd like to experience some authentic Donegal culture, the festival's food, music and theatre events will be unmissable. But if you're in the mood for something a little more active, there will also be guided walks and golf taking place. While you're there, why not learn about your family history at one of the genealogy archives that will be assisting people's search for family history during that week.

Finally, the Tip O'Neill awards will be rewarding members of the Irish diaspora for outstanding work in their fields, and it looks set to be a brilliant night!

Things to do

While you're in Letterkenny, check out some of the things that the town has to offer on a year-round basis.

Despite the serenity and open fields of Donegal, there are also thrills to be had if you know where to look. Green Valley Adventure Centre is home to zip-lining, off roading and clay pigeon shooting. It's an absolute must for families or big groups.

Eco Atlantic Adventures is a similarly action-packed day out, but situated at the sea front. Kayaking and rock climbing are the main activities on offer here. Lessons can be bought too, so first timers are more than welcome. Fanad Head Lighthouse is an equally exciting day trip. Maybe a nice way to relax after all this high energy fun?

Places to stay

For a comfortable stay without breaking the bank, there are no better spots than Dillons Hotel Mount Errigal or Hotel Clanree. They are situated in the bustling town of Letterkenny, but super close to the cliffs and forests of the Wild Atlantic Way too, best of both worlds! Both have luxury leisure centres and furnishing, making them the ideal choice for a cosy weekend getaway.

Food and drink

When it comes to dinner in Letterkenny, Browns on the Green is the ultimate option. Recommended by the Michelin Guide and the locals alike, Browns on the Green is known for its stunning views of the Swilly, varied menu and brilliant customer service.

I.NY

Schedule

I.NY will take place from 16 - 20 October in Limerick City. It is an "international cultural project that celebrates and brings to life the shared story of Ireland and New York". The story of this relationship is told through music, literature, film, theatre, dance, and street-art.

It also examines the Irish influence on New York fashion, food, sport, politics, architecture, design, religion and more, and how that influence eventually returned home.

Things are kicking off on 16 October with author, actor, and poet Malachy McCourt in conversation with journalist Tanya Sweeney. McCourt's family story is told in award winning memoir Angela's Ashes, and he will be revisiting his Limerick roots for the interview.

Highlights to follow include Booker prize nominee Kevin Barry in conversation about his work for New Yorker magazine, and a panel on the Irish in New York.

On Friday 18 October, Una Mullaly will discuss New York's Irish LGBT+ community in Dolan's bar, followed on Saturday morning by a business innovation talk about Irish creatives in the city.

A string of night time events will also take place, including one that will close out proceedings in true New York fashion. A block party is being hosted on Sunday 20 October in Mickey Martins Lane, hosted by Qool DJ Marv.

See the full lineup on their website here.

Things to do

Why not have an adventurous day before heading to one of the evening music events? The Shannon is great for Stand up paddle-boarding and kayaking. There are lots of spots where you can rent the equipment too, such as Mid Ireland Adventure.

If you don't fancy making a splash, a walking tour around the medieval city is always an option. There's so many cool historical sites to check out, such as King John's Castle. Pick up lunch afterwards at The Milk Market for the ultimate Limerick experience.

Places to stay

With lots of food options, a convenient city centre location, luxury rooms and spa, No.1 Pery Square Spa is a great choice. Limerick's Clayton Hotel is also super convenient, and nearby all the venues where I.NY will be taking places.

Food and drink

Why not  make a date night out of one of the I.NY events and head out for dinner afterward? In Limerick there's no shortage of restaurants to choose from. For some delicious wine and cheese board combos, maybe head to The Copper Room. Bella Italia have some of the nicest pizzas and sambos in Limerick, while asian fusion and cocktails are on the menu at Macropolo.

A festival makes your break, so head to head to our Discover Ireland festivals hub to discover even more options to make your break in Ireland something magical.

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