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26 Jun 2019

Spotlight on Donegal in Scotland

A delegation from Donegal County Council joined Tourism Ireland in Scotland recently – to announce a new initiative called Donegal Connect. Football legend Packie Bonner – now a Donegal Connect ambassador – and his wife Ann attended the event in Glasgow.
Donegal Connect is a ten-day programme of events, which will kick off on 27 September. It aims to create new opportunities for the county by engaging with the Donegal Diaspora around the world. It’s encouraging people everywhere to come and explore Donegal – and to find out for themselves why Donegal is a wonderful place to visit, to invest and work in, to live in and to be educated in.
Special offers – including airfares, accommodation, car hire and local attractions – were highlighted at the launch event in Glasgow, to encourage members of the Donegal Diaspora living in Scotland to travel here for Donegal Connect.
Conal Boyle, member of the Donegal Diaspora in Scotland; Owen Coyle, Donegal Diaspora ambassador and former football player and manager; Caroline Mulligan, Tourism Ireland; Breda Ojo, Glasgow Committee of Mary from Dungloe Festival; Packie Bonner, Donegal Connect ambassador, with his wife Ann Bonner; and Cllr Nicholas Crossan, Cathaoirleach of Donegal County Council, at the launch of Donegal Connect in Glasgow.

Notes To Editors

  • Tourism Ireland is the organisation responsible for promoting the island of Ireland overseas as a leading holiday destination.
  • Tourism is the island of Ireland’s largest indigenous industry; responsible for in excess of 4% of GNP in the Republic of Ireland and employing around 325,000 people across the island.
  • In 2018, we welcomed around 11.2 million overseas visitors to the island of Ireland (+6% on 2017), delivering revenue of approximately €6.1 billion (+10%).
  • Tourism Ireland’s international website is, 29 market sites available in 11 language versions around the world, which attracted 20+ million visitors in 2018.

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