The Donegal Shore Festival, Kincasslagh
The Donegal Shore Festival was first held in Kincasslagh as far back as 1995. The Festival was inspired by local singing sensation – Daniel O’Donnell – and his song “My Donegal Shore”. The five day festival regularily attracts up to 7000 people to Kincasslagh and is worth up to €4 million to the local economy.
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The Donegal Shore Festival is a five day festival of country and traditional Irish music along with heritage trails, a ceili mor, a country concert, charity walk, monster quiz, whist drive , an Irish night and the highlight – the Belle of the Ball Dance
The festival, which was revived in 2011 after a 4 year absence, gives fans of Daniel O’Donnell a chance to see him perform on home turf. Some of the early concert festivals raised funds for the Romanian Challenge Appeal.To this day Daniel has championed the Romanian Challenge Appeal, a charity that helps orphaned Romanian children re-establish themselves within society.
Daniel singing My Donegal Shore
Belle of the Ball and the “Mystery Guest”
The highlight of the Donegal Shore Festival weekend was always the gala Belle of the Ball on the Sunday night, where Daniel’s “mystery guest” for the night was revealed. The mystery guest was traditionally kept a closely-guarded secret from the home town crooner. Over the ears some top household names in the tv and music industries have been the mystery guest. These have included Coronation Street’s Vera Duckworth and Amanda Barrie, MEP Dana, TV personality Gloria Hunniford and Mandy Dingle from Emmerdale Farm. Prehaps two of the most famous mystery guests were Sir Cliff Richard and country and western legend Loretta Lynn – ” The Coalminer’s Daughter”. However the only time Daniel was reduced to tears was when five children from the orphanage his charity supports in Romania came over as his mystery guests.
Over the years the music line-up in the festival has reguarily featured the following artists( in addition to Daniel!) – Margo, Hugo Duncan, Shaun Cuddy, Michael English, John McNicholl, Sean o’Farrell and Susan McCann. Conal Gallen is another regular entertainer.
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