Bundoran 2012

Reeling in Bundoran – 2012

Our look back over the decade in Bundoran continues with 2012 – the year that soapbox racing made a comeback with the RNLI, we met the Belle of Bundoran, we ate some Lobsters and Lettuce and more! (A reminder – these blogs do not claim to be a comprehensive retrospect of the town – just a sharing of some memories and key events of the town over the past 10 years as we near the end of another decade. We hope you enjoy!)


The year started off with some Donegal Sports Star Awards nominations for 4 of our Irish Surf Team as a result of 2011’s Eurosurf event. Nominated were Maedb McCloskey, Richie Fitzgerald, Conor Maguire and Easkey Britton while Shane Smyth was nominated in the special recognition category for his work on the event.

Lobsters and Lettuce

Bundoran’s Lobster And Lettuce Festival was launched – the festival will take place in July 2012 – read more here

Launching Lobsters and Lettuce in March - pic Christina J Irwin Photography
Launching Lobsters and Lettuce in March – pic Christina J Irwin Photography
The RNLI’s Daimon Fergus and Brian Faulkner take part in the launch event – pic Christina J Irwin Photography

Cara Run #2

The second annual Cara Bundoran Run took place on Saturday 10th March. Up to 800 people took part.

Pics – Matt Britton.

11.00 am on a misty March morning in Bundoran and over 800 competitors take off on a 10 mile challenge in aid of the Irish Heart Foundation and Barretstown Castle. 1303MVBritton12a Cara

St Patrick’s Day

Another record crowd turned out to watch the annual St Patrick’s Day parade on March 17th.

Dirty Old Towns

On April 14th the RTE cameras rolled into town and with Bundoran Tidy Towns and the support of Supervalu, a number of projects were undertaken all over Bundoran.

Let’s go to the ball

The Belle of Bundoran competition made a comeback after 33 years and was held in the Great Northern on Friday 20th April as a fundraiser for Realt na Mara GAA Club sponsored by Cara Pharmacy. The newly crowned Belle was Colleen Granaghan. Check out the announcement of the winner by host Paul Clark of UTV below.

The winning Belle Colleen Granaghan dances with escort Shane Moohan

An Post Rás

The annual cycle race sponsored by An Post had its stage finish on the bridge in Bundoran on May 23rd 2012. Check out the highlights below.

Soapbox Sunday

Another event making a comeback in 2012 was soapbox racing on the Astoria Hill.

Resurrected as a fundraiser by the local RNLI Crew, the event attracted thousands of spectators on the day.

Check out the highlights below from Conor at CMP Productions

By 2012 Sea Sessions was getting bigger and bigger and was now attracting big names like the Happy Mondays and Kaiser Chiefs to play on the main beach in Bundoran!

Welcome Mr President.

Oh yeah… remember the guy who was on the campaign trail in 2011 and said he would come back if he was elected? Well he remained true to his word and we welcomed President Michael D Higgins to Bundoran in 2012!

Who’s for lobsters?

the Lobsters and Lettuce Food Festival took place from July 6th to 8th on the site of the old tennis courts next to Waterworld. Here’s some images from it courtesy of Joe Mc Nulty.

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Marching in August

The town welcomed the All Ireland Marching Bands competition to town on August 12th 2012. Here’s some images from it.

Drumming for St. Crona’s Band, Dungloe
Letterkenny marching band
Ramelton Town Band at the Ulster Final
Maghery Community Band

Jimmy’s Winning Matches…

After a 20 year drought, Mr Sam Maguire was coming back to Donegal. Here’s the moment the final whistle blew in the Chasin Bull on Sunday September 23rd 2012.


Check out the rest of our decades blogs here:

Reeling in Bundoran 2010

Reeling in Bundoran 2011

Reeling in Bundoran 2013

Reeling in Bundoran 2014

Reeling in Bundoran 2015

Reeling in Bundoran 2016

Reeling in Bundoran 2017

Reeling in Bundoran 2018

Reeling in Bundoran 2019

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