A NEW and ambitious initiative to reach out to all Donegal people and all those who have a love and an affinity for Donegal will be officially launched this Friday, March 1.
Donegal Connect (September 27 to October 6, 2019) is a ten-day event which aims to 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.
There will be something for everyone including events focussed on culture and heritage, sport, and music, genealogy, employment and business development opportunities, education and career opportunities, networking events and workshops on the practicalities of relocating or returning to Donegal.
Cathaoirleach of Donegal County Council, Cllr Seamus Ó Domhnaill believes that this initiative will be a celebration of all things Donegal.
We in Donegal are very fortunate to live in a county of outstanding beauty and one that offers a unique family friendly lifestyle, a fantastic quality of life, a place where investment and employment opportunities exist and where businesses and employees can successfully operate and compete on a global stage through many of our locally based worldwide employers.
“Through connecting with our diaspora we want to create mutually beneficial opportunities that build on the success of the work of our Diaspora office.
“Donegal Connect is about enticing people to make the journey back to Donegal to explore the county and find out why it is a great place to visit, to relocate to, to grow up in, to be educated in, to work in, to invest in or to retire in.”
An important element of the initiative is the creation of new opportunities for investment, business development and employment.
Donegal Connect wants to communicate the message that Donegal is open for business, has lots of employment opportunities and offers a great quality of life.
Donegal has received some impressive accolades over the last few years including being named as the ‘coolest place on the planet’ in 2017 by National Geographic and more recently Donegal Airport being voted the most scenic landing strip in the world.
This along with the filming of Star Wars at Malin Head Ireland’s most northerly point and the hosting of the Dubai Duty Free Irish Open in Ballyliffin last summer has showcased the splendour of Donegal to the world putting it most definitely on the map.
Donegal Connect will be launched at Donegal Airport (Aerfort Dhún na nGall), Carrickfinn this Friday, 1 March, at 2.30pm.