History Ireland Hedge School: 'Keeping the head down - Protestants in Independent Ireland'. Tommy Graham returns to his native Ballyshannon once again with the History Ireland Hedge School. This year's topic has a particular resonance in a border town like Ballyshannon.
A programme of nine short films inspired by the subject of 1916 and what it has left in its wake, commissioned by the IFB. Programme includes fiction and non-fiction, live-action and animation, contemporary and period pieces. FREE
Visit the Abbey Centre any time on Saturday and Sunday to view the fantastic Stephens family archive, consisting of an exhibition of old photographs of Ballyshannon and surroundings, and a collection of newspapers including the Ballyshannon Herald, Donegal Democrat and others. 'A Novel Idea' bookshop will also hold a bookfair in the foyer of the Abbey Centre, with special offers running all weekend. A large selection of works by Allingham Festival artists will also be on sale.
“Local Memories of World War One and the Battle of the Somme”. An illustrated talk by Anthony Begley, local historian, will reveal new research on how Ballyshannon people were involved in the War. The talk will include letters, correspondence, songs, images and poetry from local participants in World War One.
'Fractured Love', a dramatic re-creation of the life of Constance Gore-Booth / Countess Markievicz and the 1916 Rising, written and performed by Maura Logue.
A musical celebration of the life of Éamonn Ceannt (1881-1916) by uileann piper Paul Harrigan and Caoihmín Mac Aoidh. Ceannt, one of the leaders of the 1916 Easter Rising and signatory of the Proclamation of Independence, was also an avid uileann piper and founder of Cumann na bPíobairí in Dublin.