12 Days of Christmas: Day 10! Get Literary

We’re closed for our Christmas holidays but we’ve lined up a few extra special online offers to tempt you over the festive period.

Starting on Christmas Day our ’12 Days of An Grianán’ will offer you a huge discount on a selection of shows including drama, music, comedy and summer schools! It’s a different offer every day so keep an eye on your inbox or follow us on twitter to make sure you don’t miss out on some substantial savings!

It’s the third last day of our 12 days of Christmas and this is one is for the literary fans. We are offering a 20% discount on tickets for acclaimed Irish author Michael Harding who will be reading from his latest book Hanging with the Elephant.

It follows on from where Staring at Lakes  finished – with the author back in Leitrim. His wife has left for a six-week trip to Poland and he is alone for the first time since his illness two years earlier. Hilarious yet poignant, homespun yet profound, down-to-earth yet prone to amazing flights of fancy, there’s nothing quite like an evening with Michael Harding.

An Evening with Michael Harding
Friday 13 February 2015 Book now!

We have free online booking until we re-open on Mon 5 January.

NB: Offer only available for one day only. Only available on online bookings (discount automatically applied when you add tickets to cart).

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On yer bikes! Top international cyclists take to the stage this Saturday

We have a special event this Saturday morning (15 November 2014) featuring Letterkenny cycling star Philip Deignan and Olympic cyclist Lizzie Armistead. They’ll be doing a Q&A session with the public allowing a fascinating glimpse into the elite world of professional cycling,  and then cycling enthusiasts can join them for a ride around town. Find out more about the event here.

Doors will open at 10.30am. All proceeds in aid of the North West Junior (Cycling) Development Fund.

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Thrilling Wildlife Adventures with Gordon Buchanan

Join us for an evening of thrilling wildlife adventures as recounted by acclaimed cameraman and TV presenter Gordon Buchanan.

Gordon, whose TV shows include Springwatch, Big Cat Diary, The Bear Family and Me, The Polar Bear Family and Me and new series The Snow Wolf Family and Me will be sharing exciting personal recollections as he lets you into his world of weird, wild and wonderful wildlife.

With twenty years experience of traveling across the globe, Gordon has a reputation for relishing dangerous and tough assignments. Listen to his adventures as he leads you through his life of challenging expeditions and enthralling wildlife experiences. Marvel as he shares his tales alongside his own film footage and brilliant images of all that he has come to face.

Have you got any burning wildlife questions? Gordon has travelled the planet – from South America, Asia, Africa, Papua New Guinea, Russia and Alaska – and will definitely have some interesting answers!

This is a show for any wildlife enthusiast who wants to enjoy the spell-binding stories of the natural world from a man who has experienced danger face to face.

Wed 12 Nov 2014 at 7.30pm Tickets: €15/€13 Book now!

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Calling Kitchen Heroes! Home cooking with TV presenter Donal Skehan

As we reach the final of the Great British Bake Off on BBC1 tonight (who are you rooting for? It’ll be a close thing between Richard and Luis) we’re well aware that you may be going into home cooking withdrawal.  But don’t despair as we have live cooking on stage from Ireland’s very own Kitchen Hero Donal Skehan!

Donal, presenter of BBC’s Junior Masterchef, brings his Kitchen Hero Two – The Home Cooked Tour to An Grianán on Sun 16 November.

Last year Donal was the first ever Irish chef to tour a ”live” cookery show around Ireland. He enjoyed himself so much he has decided to do it again and we’re delighted that he’s made it to Donegal this time around.

His Kitchen Hero Two Tour will see him cook up delicious, everyday, simple Home Cooked meals live on stage, with lots of fun, loads of food and lashings of audience participation!

After the show there will be a chance to meet Donal who’ll be signing books, fielding questions and taking the ‘odd selfie or two’.

At the tender age of  25, Donal has already written three cookbooks, Good Mood Food (Mercier Press, 2009), Kitchen Hero: Bringing Cooking Back Home (Harper Collins, 2011), and Kitchen Hero: Great Food For Less (Harper Collins 2012). As well as Junior Masterchef he is the presenter of two RTE series airing this year – Rediscovering the Irish Kitchen and Donal’s Irish Feast.

A selection of recipes to be found on Donal Skehan's website. See him cook live on stage in An Grianán this November.

A selection of recipes to be found on Donal Skehan’s website. See him cook live on stage in An Grianán this November. Clockwise from top left: Snickers Ice-Cream Cake, Braised Rabbit Pie, Roast Lamb with Wild Garlic Pesto, Lettuce and Peas, Semlor (Swedish Cream Buns)

He has been cooking from the age of four when he flipped his first pancake and has been in the kitchen ever since! Inspired by a family of passionate foodies, his parents run a food production company, and cooking and eating hearty home cooked food has always been a way of life. Donal is also an accomplished food photographer and his photography skills have been put to good use as he photographs all his own food images for his blog and books.

In 2007 Donal started his own food blog, where he writes about his food adventures and recipes.  After only 6 months blogging he was approached by Irish Publishing house, Mercier Press to write a cookbook based around the recipes on the blog.

Good Mood Food was released in October 2009 and received fantastic reviews from editor of Food & Wine magazine, – Ross Golden-Bannon – “Good Mood Food is a new breed of cookbook that springs from the talent of a passionate home cook. A truly scrumptious read.”, Paulo Tulio – “At last… Simple, easy recipes that are healthy and interesting. Donal Skehan’s book reclaims good food from the convenience of supermarket shelves and puts it back where it belongs – in the domestic kitchen.” and, described him as “Ireland’s answer to Jamie Oliver”.

Follow Donal on twitter for recipes ideas, videos and more.

Donal Skehan: Kitchen Hero Two – The Home Cooked Tour, Sun 16 Nov at 4pm. Tickets: €20 Book now!

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Jason Black event now open for booking

An inspiring talk from Everest mountaineer Jason Black, presented by the Letterkenny Lions. “From rock bottom to the top of the world” is a special event that will see Jason open up to an audience for the first time about his life-changing journey which culminated in him reaching the summit of Everest on May 19 2013.

“We are living in an environment with a lot of gloom and doom. Everyone has their own Everest to climb, whether it is suicide, depression, lack of work or lack of money.

“I will speak of my own challenges in life and I’m sure people will draw the parallels. I’m nervous about speaking to an audience because I will be opening up about things I’ve never spoke of before. I will be showing pictures of the climb for the first time and speaking of how in the face of adversity we have to look deep within ourselves to meet our dreams.

“To young people the message is there is nothing that can’t be achieved, you need to focus on it, you need to have a plan and you need to chase your dreams. That is what I want to bring back to the youth of the county,” he added. Continue reading..

Jason Black: From Rock Bottom to the Top of the World, Wed 30 April 2014. Book now.

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