Donegal Connect to entice people home

Marking the launch of Donegal Connect at Donegal Airport, Carrickfinn.

THE most beautiful airport landing in the world provided the stunning backdrop for a new initiative to reach out to all those who have an affinity for Donegal and entice them to come back for a celebration this autumn.

Donegal Connect will take place from September to October 6 and will continue to strengthen links with Donegal people both on the island of Ireland and across the world by reaching out to them and inviting them to come home and connect again with the county.

Speaking at the launhc last Thursday, Cathaoirleach of Donegal County Council, Cllr Seamus Ó Domhnaill said: “We hope that over the 10 days of Donegal Connect we will give participants a first-hand experience of what it is like to live and do business in Donegal.”

The ten-day celebration will have something for everyone with a strong focus on food, genealogy, culture, heritage, sport and music and in particular on employment and business development opportunities.

Highlighting business development and career opportunities in Donegal is an important element of Donegal Connect which will include business networking events and seminars, a careers symposium and workshops on the practicalities of relocating or returning to Donegal as well as a series of events showcasing the superb quality of life opportunities on offer.

The initiative is being delivered by Donegal County Council through the Donegal Diaspora project working with a range of public and private sector organisations including IDA, LYIT, Údarás na Gaeltachta, Harvey’s Point and some of the largest private sector employers in the county including Pramerica, Randox and Abbotts Diabetes Care.

Former Ireland and Glasgow Celtic goalkeeper Packie Bonner and Irish traditional musician and leader of world famous Donegal group Altan, Mairéad Ní Mhaonaigh were on hand to help launch Donegal Connect along with video messages from golfer Paul McGinley and Donegal Associations in New York and Philadelphia.