Plans are well underway for the Colgan Heritage Weekend which will be held this year from Friday 30th June to Monday 3rd July 2017. The weekend takes place each year in the historic market town of Carndonagh, Co. Donegal, the birthplace of Irish Franciscan friar John Colgan.

Our theme for this year is “Crossing Borders –Building Bridges.“

We are delighted to announce two of our very first bookings for this year’s Colgan Heritage Weekend: Michael Harding and Denis Bradley.


michael-hardingMichael Harding is a very well known writer, novelist and playwright. He has received numerous awards for his literary work, the most recent being Book of the Year in the 2013 Irish Book Award for “Staring at Lakes”. He is well known from his television appearances and writings in the national press, and we very much look forward to having him as a guest speaker at this year’s Colgan Heritage Weekend.


Denis BradleyDenis Bradley is well known locally having been born in Buncrana. A freelance journalist, writer and film-maker, Bradley has many connections with Northern Ireland. He is former vice chairman of the Police Board for the Police Service of Northern Ireland. In 2007 he was appointed co-chairperson with Robin Eames of the Consultative Group on the Past in Northern Ireland. Denis is guaranteed to be make an interesting contribution to the weekend.

Other events confirmed for the Colgan Heritage Weekend are the annual historical walk, talks on the flax industry, the Swilly ports at Fort Dunree, a photography competition on The Bridges of Inisowen, and exhibitions based on the theme and songs of the border regions.

Once again, music will feature prominently in the programme. Composer John Mac Lachlan, one of our committee members, is busy preparing a concert which will feature acclaimed musicians and soloists.

We have many other interesting and exciting events planned for the coming year which include the launch of our new website “Historical Carndonagh”, the publishing of a new Historical Trail leaflet for Carndonagh and a Pop- Up museum.

Note the date: 30th June—3rd July!