Where to work?
By successfully attracting some of the world’s leading global brands to set up operations there, Donegal has developed a rich business culture to complement its historical commercial strengths in textiles and fishing. Current market leading companies like Abbott Ireland, Pramerica Systems of Ireland Ltd and UnitedHealth Group have all made Donegal their home.
The availability of a local, third-level educated workforce combined with first-class infrastructure makes Donegal an excellent place to do business in and it has everything a start-up company could possibly need.
As a mecca for those escaping the city, Donegal is also home to many creative freelancers and aspiring entrepreneurs. Meet the entrepreneurs in our Donegal Case Studies here.
Based on data from the CSO Census of Population in 2016, the Western Development Commission has published an Info-graph showing some key statistics for Donegal.
Excellent transport links, an excellent motorway network and even a local airport transports students from all over the country and beyond to attend college in the region and this excellent travel network offers the business community so much too. This is complemented by the neighbouring City of Derry airport.
Why Live Here?
- “Donegal is hopping with creatives and business start-ups; artisan foods and craftspeople are in plentiful supply and there’s a real buzz in the air for new ideas and harnessing the talent that we have locally.
I live on Doagh Island, on the Inishowen peninsula in north Donegal. Doagh is surrounded by some of the most treacherous waters around Ireland so in bad weather this creates huge waves and in good weather the views are spectacular ” – Pat Doherty.
- “I live on a hilltop farm, five minutes outside the small village of St Johnston in East Donegal. My alarm call is a melody of tractors, cows and dogs. The scenery is to die for and while we’re off the beaten path, we’re still not far from Letterkenny and Derry City if you’re looking for the bright lights.” – Ruth Graham.
- “Donegal Town is a happening little town with nice scenery and lovely walks” Jetta Rais
- “Letterkenny is a great place for shopping, going out, eating out, family activities. It has it all really.” John Geraghty
- “Dunfanaghy is a vibrant village with great cafés, bars and shops. It has a fantastic local vibe.” Thomas Lee
- The buzzy seaside town of Bundoran in South Donegal is home to lots of surfers and the Sea Session Music Festival
- “Finn valley area , it’s getting better every year, with the new athletic centre , Balor Theatre and numerous new businesses opening up along with the trusted old favourites , it’s on the up every year” Aileen Holmes
- “Glencolmcille for the Old Ireland gaeltacht experience Folk Village and Irish College study options” Maura Logue
Hang Out At:
- “The little but mighty Ballyholey Farm Shop for fresh, raw, local produce and ‘Harry’s Restaurant’ in Bridgend if you want the same, cooked. Harry’s also has a great Saturday market.” Ruth Graham
- The Old Courthouse in Lifford for family fun – prison tours keep the kids in shape and they have an escape room for adults
- Alcorns in Letterkenny – cute little tearoom and tropical zoo for the kids
- Best place for a pint and food is The Bridge Bar and Restaurant in Ramelton
- Mrs B’s coffee shop in Killybegs
- The trad session at the Traveller Inn in Milford every Wednesday night
- Aroma Café at the Craft Village in Donegal Town
- O’Flaherty’s Bar on Main St, Buncrana for trad night
- Get your culture on at An Grianán Theatre
- Have a coffee at the Shack in Marble Hill
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