September 8 has been designated Love Donegal Day – Highland Radio

The #LoveDonegal campaign will return on Thursday 8 September 2022, building on the success of previous campaigns and public interest.

The day is held just two weeks before Donegal Connect, a 3-day festival that runs from September 23-25 ​​to celebrate Donegal connections across the world.

Donegal County Council said last year’s ‘Love Donegal’ campaign reached more than 17 million people across the world and Donegal was trending for several days on social media.

The campaign also won the LAMA 2021 award for “Best Innovation to Attract Foreign Investment”.

This year the campaign is focused on celebrating the art and creativity of Donegal and the organizers of the event, Donegal County Council, want everyone to get involved and show their love for Donegal from creative way. Whether it’s painting, drawing, sculpture or singing, music, dancing or any other form of art.

People are invited to post their art on social media, with the hashtag ‘Love Donegal’ on Thursday 8th September.

Cathaoirleach Cllr. Liam Blaney is calling on Donegalians around the world to take part in this campaign, to showcase Donegal’s creative history.

He says it is also an opportunity to highlight what will happen during Donegal Connect, a 3-day celebration which includes the Irish Diaspora Tip O’Neill Awards ceremony.

Full press release –

#LoveDonegal Day is back

The very popular #LoveDonegal campaign will be back on Thursday 8th Septembere 2022, building on the success of previous campaigns and public interest.

Last year’s campaign reached over 17 million people across the world and made Donegal trending for several days on social media. The campaign also won the Local Authority LAMA Awards in 2021 for “Best Innovation to Attract Foreign Investment”!

This year’s campaign is focused on celebrating Donegal’s art and creativity and the organizers of the event, Donegal County Council, want everyone to get involved and show their love for Donegal from creative way. Whether it’s painting, drawing, sculpture or singing, music, dancing or any other form of art. Your submissions are requested!

#LoveDonegal Day is held just two weeks before Donegal Connect, a 3-day festival taking place September 23-25 ​​to celebrate Donegal connections across the world.

Cathaoirleach of Donegal County Council, Cllr. Liam Blaney is calling on people of Donegal all over the world to take part in this campaign, saying ‘I would be calling on people of Donegal both at home and abroad to show their appreciation for our beautiful county on September 8th and share with the world what Donegal means to them’

“The aim of this year’s campaign is to encourage people to participate and engage creatively from all corners of the globe and it is also a great opportunity to highlight what will happen during Donegal Connect, a 3 day celebration including the Tip O’Neill Irish Diaspora Awards Ceremony.

Garry Martin, Director of Economic Development for Donegal County Council, explains that the 2022 campaign “builds on the Donegal Place brand initiative, launched in 2021, which showcases the investment opportunities and benefits of living and to work in the county. We want more people to visit, invest or settle in Donegal as we highlight the advantages we have with our growing local economy and superb quality of life.

“#LoveDonegal Day has been a big event in our calendar for the past few years as it brings together all those with an affinity for the county and gives them the chance to enjoy, celebrate and love Donegal. We can share this which makes Donegal special to us with families and friends in other parts of the world (our global Donegal family) and promoting the county and its amazing offer to the widest possible global audience.

The #LoveDonegal 2022 campaign aims to promote Donegal to as many people as possible locally, nationally and internationally and tell them why Donegal is such an amazing place to live, work, study, explore and invest! People are encouraged, wherever you are, to take part in the day and share why Donegal is so special and meaningful to you!

Participating online is simple. All you have to do is use #LoveDonegal or #DúnnanGallAbú in your social media posts (on Twitter and Instagram) on Thursday 8e of September. You can also tag us on Instagram (@Donegal_IrelandsDNA) and Twitter (Donegal_ie).

Social posts can include:

Visit, travel and explore Donegal.

The people of Donegal.

The landscape, coastline, islands, monuments and landscapes of Donegal.

Music, Arts, Sport, Marine, Culture, Gastronomy.

Local businesses based in Donegal, working remotely and the working holiday campaign.

The Gaeltacht region and the Irish language.

#LoveDonegal offers the opportunity to promote Donegal and it is a wonderful offer to the widest possible audience and the Donegal Diaspora plays an extremely important role in this. Raising awareness of the opportunities and quality of life in Donegal is one of the main aims of this campaign. Ultimately, the organizers want more people to visit, invest and settle in Donegal to enjoy the spectacular quality of life on offer.

Plus, details of a #LoveDonegal competition will be released soon and keep an eye on Donegal.ie/LoveDonegal for updates!