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Ballybofey Big Birthday Bash – is looking for traditional crafters and demonstrations of old agricultural skills

Ballybofey is looking forward to a Big Birthday party celebrating it’s 400th anniversary later this year.  We’re looking for anyone who can demonstrate traditional skills to come along and take part.

With a programme of events that runs from Friday 27th to Sunday 29th September, we’d like to invite you to get involved in our main event from 10am to 2pm on Saturday 28th.

If you can demonstrate crafts such as wood turning, basket weaving, spinning, candle making, knitting, needlework, butter making etc, we’d love for you to come along to our demonstration tent and showcase your work.  Perhaps you could even give members of the public a chance to try out your craft!

Call us on 074 91 90909 / 087 607 5555 if you have an idea, and we can talk it through with you and give you more details.

About the Ballybofey Big Birthday Bash

In 1619 a charter was granted for a market to be established on the banks of the River Finn.  While there certainly were people already living along the River’s banks, this is the first record of a formal gathering here.

In celebration of this event BASICC has partnered with the Ballybofey, Stranorlar & District Historical Society to plan for a community event to mark the occasion from 27th to 29th September,  Leah Fairman from BASICC says ‘We are really looking forward to our Big Birthday Bash Weekend.  The plans look exciting already with many groups and community organisations getting involved.  We want to celebrate our rich traditions of music and culture. And as the original charter for was a market, we’re looking at ways to celebrate and remember the ‘Fair Days’ in the towns. ‘

So far the plans include: Time Capsules; Re-enactment of a Hiring Fair; a children’s tractor run; craft stalls; old-time games; guided historical walks; petting zoo; art and photographic exhibitions; adult tractor run; an interpretive dance group and much, much more.

The ideas is to celebrate with a weekend full of independent events run by lots of groups around the towns.  BASICC is working with schools and community groups to come up with ideas and put together a programme.  As well as your ideas BASICC would like to hear from anyone who may have old photos or artefacts relating to Ballybofey that could be put on display for the weekend.

Do you have any memories or stories about events or people that should be celebrated? What would you like to see happen as part of the weekend?

Call 074 91 90909 and speak to Leah or Kathleen, or email

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