Fabulous fun for all the family at Buncrana Festival

Buncrana's Ciaran Tourish who will be appearing during the town's festival
Buncrana's Ciaran Tourish who will be appearing during the town's festival

The countdown has started to the Buncrana music, arts and culture festival which takes place next weekend from Thursday 11th to Sunday 
14th July.

There’s a packed programme of events over the four days with something for everyone to enjoy. The festival commences on Thursday 11th with the annual car treasure hunt and 50k cycle race. On Friday, 12th July at Buncrana shore greens the 2nd annual dog show takes place. Last year’s show attracted almost 100 entries and with more than 60 prizes the organisers are hoping for an even bigger number this year.

Friday night sees the start of the fantastic music line-up when Irish rock legends Bagatelle play live on Buncrana main street (9pm). Bagatelle recently re-entered the Irish pop charts, after almost 35 years with their classic hit ‘Summer in Dublin’. With admission just 5 euro this promises to be a night to remember.

On Saturday the events commence with a kids’ fun day and raft race, organised by the Feel Good Fortnight. Later there will be live music on the Main Street at 9pm by Ireland’s best Abba tribute Abbaesque.

Sunday 14th July sees a host of events, from a vintage show to the GAA sports day and a bonny baby competition.

Then from 4.30pm the Main Street will come alive with ‘Sunday Funday’. There’s a great line-up of activities for all age groups including face painters, Disney characters, bouncy castles, inter pub tug-o-war, marching pipe and accordion bands with a particular emphasis on Buncrana’s links to Scotland.

The festival finale begins at 7.30pm when local sons Ciaran Tourish (Altan) and Kevin Doherty (Four Men And A Dog) take to the stage followed by the very popular James Peake Experience. Admission is free for u12s and 5 euro for adults.

Derek Ryan and Mike Denver also play the Plaza over the weekend with discoa in Club Libertys nightly.

Irelands favourite funfair Cullens Amusements is joining in the festival fun and is already at the shore front daily from 5th-14th July.

For full details and more of the events see Buncrana MusicFestival on Facebook.

See you in Buncrana or 
is it Funcrana?