Allingham Arts Association Festival

Allingham Arts Festival, Ballyshannon

After several years absence, the Allingham Arts Festival was successfully revived in 2011. The festival had been a feature of the cultural calendar in Ballyshannon since the 1970s. The festival was organised by Ballyshannon Allingham Society with the principal aim of cultivating writing as an art form.

On its re-launch in 2011 by the Allingham Arts Association the festival has been put on a stronger footing with a broader perspective on the arts being adopted by the festival including fine art, music and performing arts, culinary arts etc. Contributors such as Catherine Dunne, Dermot Healy and Charlie Mc Gettigan, were part of the line up of the revived festival in 2011. In addition a mixture of competitions, music, talks, readings, workshops and children’s entertainment were features of a very successful event.

Contact Details

e: marieliston [at]


A Festival for all the family

The Allingham Arts Festival now encompasses a broad range of events with activities for people of all ages and interests.

  • Art, Poetry, Music
  • Creative Writing
  • Songwriting
  • Exhibitions, Workshops
  • Debates
  • Street Performances & Poetry Slam
  • Craft & Food Fairs
  • Concerts & Drama
  • Historical Town Walking Tours

William Allingham
The name Allingham resonates through the centuries in Ballyshannon. Although no member of the Allingham family remain in the town, the association with William the poet is a constant reminder of the towns creative hertitage. William was born on the Mall on the 19th of March 1824 in a house which still bears a plaque to his memory. Allingham’s poetry in the words of the late Jim Keane,”reflect a gentle and sensitive man who sympathised with the plight of the native population even though his family were well to do business people”

Self Catering in the Ballyshannon Area


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