Loinneog Lúnasa to feature on SKY TV

Altna’s concert will be part of the programme on the Lionneog Lunasa festival featured on SKY TV on Thursday.

THE WEST Donegal village of Gweedore will get international TV exposure this coming week with a film crew from IRISH TV capturing the magic of the Loinneog Lúnasa festival which celebrates local arts, crafts and local traditional music in the area.

The hour-long programme called ‘Out & About in Ireland’ will be broadcast on SKY TV channel 191 this coming Thursday at 9.00pm and repeated on Sunday and Monday at 7.00pm. The TV focus on Donegal can also be viewed on


This insightful and intriguing programme from Co. Donegal shines a spotlight on one of Ireland’s musical hidden gems. The Loinneog Lúnasa festival attracted visitors and musicians from all over Ireland including worldwide renowned traditional band Altan.

“This festival started two years ago because there was such a strong desire in the area to promote the rich tradition of music found in this region.

“There’s a great community spirit here and everyone came together to make this festival happen and it’s great to think people from outside the region will be able to tune in to SKY TV and and see what we have to offer,” commented festival chairperson Cathal Gallagher.

“The Loinneog Lúnasa Festival programme is a perfect example of musical Ireland at its best. The programme on SKY TV this coming Thursday on channel 191 and on also explores elsewhere in Co. Donegal including an entertaining outing to the Daniel O’Donnell centre and a mouth-watering trip to Danny Minnie’s restaurant in Annagry,” commented Donegal native and programme producer Mairéad Ní Mhaoilchiaráin.

The IRISH TV programme this week from Gweedore features some wonderful music from the festival as well as all the colourful crafts and fantastic family-fun entertainment on offer during the festival.

The entire show can be viewed on SKY TV channel 191 or on Freesat 403 this coming Thursday, August 30th at 9.00pm or alternatively you can watch the show online at


Donegal News is published by North West of Ireland Printing & Publishing Company Limited, trading as North-West News Group.
Registered in Northern Ireland, No. R0000576. St. Anne's Court, Letterkenny, County Donegal, Ireland