Red Weather Alert: Monday 16th October: Closure of Building

Due to the red weather alert, and with the safety of our staff and customers in mind, we will be closed all day on Monday 16th October

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We are Lighting Up Gold for Childhood Cancer

We are very pleased to be taking part once again in the Light It Up Gold campaign for the Childhood Cancer Foundation

We have joined in with some of Donegal’s most notable buildings and landmarks in lighting our building in gold light as part of the 4th annual Light It Up Gold campaign for the Childhood Cancer Foundation.

The Irish campaign, launched at the weekend following a candlelit walk in Dublin, is part of a wider international campaign originating in the USA, that has seen buildings across the world ‘Light It Up Gold’ in September to shine a light on the bravery of children dealing with cancer.

Mary Claire Rennick of Childhood Cancer Foundation said: “We are getting a great response from buildings across Ireland. The campaign is spreading every year with buildings across Ireland and the UK joining international landmarks. My own daughter was diagnosed with leukemia in February 2013 and prior to that I was completely unaware of childhood cancer. As parents who have experienced this disease, we want to ensure that everyone is aware. Increased awareness will improve early detection and understanding among policy makers and communities, which will hopefully reduce the isolation of families going through childhood cancer treatment and side effects. Awareness will also lead to improved funding for supports and services for families and funding for research into childhood cancer.”

In county Donegal, the Public Service Centres in Dungloe, Donegal Town and Milford are going gold. In Buncrana, the Council Offices and Castle Bridge are all already lit up gold. In Letterkenny the Polestar monument and An Grianán Theatre have been shining gold since the 1st of September as has the Castle Folly at Oakfield Park in Raphoe.

An Grianán Theatre ‘Light It Up Gold’ for Childhood Cancer Foundation

An Grianán Theatre ‘Light It Up Gold’ for Childhood Cancer Foundation

Mary Claire explained that over 200 children are diagnosed with cancer each year in Ireland.

“That’s 4 families each week who hear the devastating news that their child, brother, sister or grandchild has cancer. Childhood cancer is the biggest cause of death by disease in children in Ireland and the Childhood Cancer Foundation is committed to raising public awareness of the issues surrounding childhood cancer, developing early diagnosis programmes amongst health care professionals, advocating for improved services for children affected by cancer and assisting to fund vital services for children and families affected by this disease,” Mary Clare said.

She concluded: “Awareness is crucial to ensure the whole community recognises the immediate devastating effect of childhood cancer on children and families and also the long term effects of cancer and harsh treatments. Studies from the USA have shown that over eighty percent of childhood cancer survivors will have long-term health effects. We need awareness to guarantee these survivors get full access to health and education supports to ensure a long and happy life after cancer.”


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NB: Car Park Restrictions in effect from Mon 23 March

Patrons please note that due to intended site works at  An Grianán Theatre, our Upper Level Car Park will have restricted access from Monday 23rd March  2015 for a period of up to six weeks.

Patrons should also note that occasionally there may be a Traffic Management System in place during daylight hours.

Alternative car parking may be found a short distance from the theatre at the Grill Car Park and at McGinley’s Car Park below the Courthouse on Justice T Walsh Rd.

We would advise all our patrons to arrive earlier than normal in order to find suitable parking and avoid any delays or disappointment.

An Grianán Theatre apologises for any inconvenience caused.

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Black Friday Special

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Donegal Chamber Music Festival at Glenveagh National Park

The Donegal Chamber Music Society are hosting the first ever Donegal Chamber Music Festival this weekend, Fri 30 May to Sun 1 June.  You can purchase tickets in advance through our box office now on 0749120777 or online here (booking fees apply).

The festival is taking place in the beautiful setting of Glenveagh National Park. The Castle and estate, open to the public since 1986, lies midway between Letterkenny and Gweedore. The combination of fine music and Glenveagh, with its idyllic lake, garden and mountain setting, is always a memorable experience. FOUR CONCERTS WILL BE PRESENTED BETWEEN THE DIFFERENT LOCATIONS, see below. As always, the Donegal Chamber Music Society promotes contemporary music-making in Ireland; the music of established Irish composer Vincent Kennedy (familiar to many from his outstanding work with the Donegal Youth Orchestra) will feature in each of the concerts, and some of them will be given their premiere in this Festival.

Two evening concerts will be presented in the Castle drawing-room: the Friday concert features local and international instrumentalists with guest flautist Sarah Murphy. The Sunday concert will be given by the Donegal Camerata String Quintet. Glenveagh’s intimate drawing-room has limited seating accommodation, and concert guests have to be conveyed to the Castle by minibus from the Visitors Centre; patrons are advised to book in advance.

There will be two concerts on the Saturday: a free lunchtime concert in the nearby Glebe Gallery (beside Lough Gartan), given by the Junior String Orchestra of the Donegal Music Education Partnership, and an afternoon “Coffee Concert” in the Glenveagh Visitors Centre, featuring the Donegal Chamber Orchestra, with guest singer Doimnic Mac Giolla Bhríde. The “Coffee Concert” will include music by Bartók, Britten, Hindemith and Tchaikovsky, as well as traditional Irish songs accompanied by the orchestra.

The concerts:


Drawing Room, Glenveagh Castle.

Admission: €20

Sarah Murphy, flute; Orsolya Szabó-Yélamo, violin; Lucia Spacirova, viola; Víctor Yélamo, cello

Music by W. A. Mozart, C. P. E. Bach, Charles Hubert Parry& Vincent Kennedy


Lunchtime Concert in the Glebe Gallery.

Admission is FREE. (No booking required)

Donegal Music Education Partnership’s Junior String Orchestra and Friends

Music by Bach, Gluck, Grieg and others


Coffee Concert in the Auditorium of Visitors Centre, Glenveagh National Park.

Admission: €10

Donegal Chamber Orchestra with Doimnic Mac Giolla Bhride

Music by Bártok, Britten, Hindemith, Tchaikovsky plus sean-nós singer songs in special arrangement with String Orchestra


Drawing Room, Glenveagh Castle.

Admission: €20

Donegal Camerata String Quintet

Music by Vivaldi, Mozart, Barber and Vincent Kennedy

Book tickets in advance through our box office now on 074 912 0777 or online here (booking fees apply).

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Job Vacancy: Community Employment Supervisor (Maternity Cover)


Job Description

  • To draw up a personal profile for each participant of the Community Employment Project.
  • To prepare a Participant Development Plan for each member of the Community Employment Scheme.
  • To supervise the implementation of each development plan.
  • To source appropriate training for each participant on the scheme and co ordinate the implementation of that training.
  • To report the progress on each plan to the Director of the theatre on a monthly basis.
  • To liase regularly with the DSP office in the preparation of training plans and monthly accounts.
  • To attend all Community Employment Supervisor Development Workshops.To complete this programme of Supervisor Training.
  • To participate in other training relevant to the Duty Manager’s role such as Box Office Training, First Aid and Fire Safety Training.
  • Co-ordinate working roster for Front Of House, Box Office and Caretaker staff, detailing working hours and co-ordinating holiday leave.
  • To co-ordinate the working rosters of each participant on the scheme
  • To ensure that all areas of the theatre are covered at the appropriate times by the appropriate number of Community Employment Project participants.
  • To deal with customer enquiries.
  • To lock up the theatre buildings as required and ensure that the security alarm is activated.
  • To act as the appointed officer in the theatre in the event of any emergency situation such as customer illness, fire and bomb alerts.
  • To act as the Liaison officer with the emergency services on behalf of the theatre in the event of an emergency situation.

Education/language/experience requirements

Candidates must have attained a Major 3rd level qualification (NFQ Level 6 or higher) and have 3 years’ supervisory experience

Start date for job: 14TH JULY 2014, End date:  9TH JANUARY 2015

Salary. GROSS WAGE OF €478.97 per week

For further information please contact Martina Murphy, 074 912 3288,  angrianan@eircom.net.


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Press Release: Plaza Renovation


Press launch Wed 30 April at 11 AM at An Grianán Theatre

Mayor Paschal Blake’s Project for 2014 – An Grianán Theatre to receive facelift

Letterkenny Town Mayor Paschal Blake will unveil the plans to renovate the large plaza to the front of An Grianán Theatre at a press launch on Wed 30 April at 11am.

This area is receiving a facelift under the supervision of Town Gardener David Donnelly and Town Engineer John McCarron. With An Grianán Theatre now 15 years old, this area was in need of renovation with some hard winters taking a particular toll on the tiles and steps. Work has already commenced to rectify these problems and as the project progresses the plaza will be made more attractive with new trees, plant pots and benches. There will also be a new lighting scheme incorporating recessed ground lights as well as flood lighting of the front of the theatre.

New Town Clock

Workmen do a test install of a mock up version of the new town clock on Mon 7 April. Designed by Christy Keeney, the finished clock is due to be installed very shortly.

Workmen do a test install of a mock up version of the new town clock on Mon 7 April at An Grianán Theatre, Letterkenny. Designed by Christy Keeney, the finished clock is due to be installed very shortly.

The centrepiece of this new scheme will be the new town clock, specially commissioned from local artist Christy Keeney and constructed by Joe Bonnar Metalcraft.  This central feature will have a prominent place above the door of the theatre’s main entrance. The finishing touches to the scheme includes paint work for the theatre’s facade with expert advice on the colour scheme provided by the consultants Anne McKeever and Clare McDonough from La Maison Interior Design.

Mayor Paschal Blake, who is coming to the end of his term of office has chosen this particular project to mark his mayorship. The project is due to be completed in May ahead of the international Irish Aerial Dance Fest in June and the Earagail Arts Festival in July.

An Grianán Theatre opened in October 1999 and rapidly earned a reputation for artistic excellence and accessibility under its Director Patricia McBride who has steered the theatre from day one. Now established as an integral part of Donegal’s cultural landscape, An Grianán has worked in close partnership with other key players, both within the county and on the national stage, to invigorate and develop the local arts scene. Boasting a 383 capacity auditorium, this state of the art facility is committed to presenting the best in drama, music, comedy and much more. The theatre is open to the public all day where they can avail of the excellent café and bar, view art exhibitions and attend some of the outstanding shows which it hosts. An Grianán is somewhat unique among regional theatre in also producing its own quality touring Drama productions.

An Grianán Theatre is a registered charity and receives annual funding from the Donegal County Council, the Letterkenny Town Council, the Dept of Social Protection and the Arts Council/Chomhairle Ealaion.

Please RSVP to  marketing@angrianan.com


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